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Practice Doesn't Make Perfect When It Comes to Chess

Study suggests that you need to be naturally smart, too

(Newser) - If you were hoping to become a chess master by practicing 10,000 hours, think again. Contrary to the theory that expertise at chess is based on intensive training, researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded based on a meta-analysis of 19 studies that hard work is important but... More »

Non-Golfer Will Practice 6 Years, Try to Turn Pro

All to test 10,000-hour theory of greatness

(Newser) - In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the notion that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become great at something. Portland's Dan McLaughlin is testing the theory in a remarkable way: The 31-year-old quit his job in June 2009 and devoted himself to practicing golf six hours... More »

Tiger Woods Hits the Links

Scandal-plagued golfer appears to be prepping for comeback

(Newser) - Tiger Woods is out of family counseling in Arizona and playing golf in Florida ahead of a possible comeback. The scandal-plagued superstar is practicing at Isleworth, outside Orlando, and an insider tells the AP he has no specific schedule for returning to competition. Next week's World Golf Championship at Doral... More »

Even in Geniuses, Hard Work Trumps IQ

Latest research says greatness more due to sweat than brains

(Newser) - In today’s scientific age, research suggests that genius isn’t a “hard-wired” trait, writes David Brooks in the New York Times: instead, it suggests “a more prosaic, democratic, even puritanical” perspective. Greatness may start with “slightly above average” talent, but what counts is thousands of hours... More »

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