Nothing Ever Becomes Real...

Monday, October 07, 2019

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced - Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it . . .”John Keats

This quote by John Keats has been a part of my life for some time now. The quote is from a letter by Keats to his brother and sister, George and Georgiana. The letter is long, but it basically is about making a statement that knowledge acquired from books has little merit until actually applied in life.

His general observations have been supported by several studies and decades of research. The “sum and substance” of the studies is that “experts” in their various fields are experts as a result of the time they have put into their profession. This correlation between “time in grade” and superior performance is across all disciplines. Everyone from a chess grand-master to a physician benefits by time practicing their profession.

What is the magic number of hours to become an expert? Not surprisingly, it is 10,000 hours. This amount of time correlates quite nicely with seven years of medieval apprenticeship and the number of years required at a university to become a master at one’s profession: law, medicine, and theology.

I found this tidbit to be interesting and thought I would share. Since I didn't do 7 years at any university, I guess I'm not an expert in anything...Good to know. Maybe I'll use that in my next disagreement with some know-it-all people I seem to know...LOL
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