November 12, 2011

The Dan Plan

This post was last updated on November 16th, 2011 at 06:41 pm

I heard of the "10,000 hours to achieve excellence" after reading Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. A lot of people have invested 10,000 into many things but they don't begin with the intent of devoting that amount of time, it just sort of happens. I ddn't know of anyone who has ever taken the idea and tested the theory to see if it's actually accurate. Until now.

I learned about Dan McLaughlin about 6 months ago and have been following his progress to become a top level golfer. Dan never played 18 holes of golf before this. He doesn't consider himself particularly athletic so this is a huge learning curve. My own passion for the game makes this fascinating for me but even if you don't care for the game, you have to admit this is interesting. He's about a fifth of the way through his journey. It's going to take 5 years and for Dan he equates it with Graduate studies. His blog and website answer the basic questions about why, the money and the journey to date. I'd suggest you watch this video for some more background.

The great thing about social media is the ability you have to connect with people. Duh. Given my personal learning project and my students, I thought it would be great to hear from someone who is really venturing out. So I simply tweeted him asking if he'd be willing to chat with me for a few minutes. He agreed. There's a brief moment where Dan's video freezes but the audio stays in tact throughout the interview. Here's our 20 minute conversation. 

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Isn't learning and the internet pretty awesome?