Are the days of the 10,000 hour rule over?

sign-success-and-failure-1133804-mRecently, I came across a few articles that suggested that the 10,000 hour rule, made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book, Outliers, was no rule at all. You can read some of these articles here, here, and here.

The 10,000 hour rule gained immense popularity because the idea seemed to make sense, and it gave hope to many who wanted to become an expert in any field. I was no exception, and this idea that practicing something for more than 10,000 hours can make me an expert in a field appealed to me. So, when I read these articles destroying the 10,000 hour rule, I decided to dig deeper into the matter.

But, let’s take it one step at a time.

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35 Great Novels That are Free on Kindle

kp-slate-05-lg._V363857434_Till date, I have never read a complete book on an electronic device of any kind. But, that is about to change as I recently acquired a Kindle device. One of the advantages of Kindle is that the eBooks are cheaper than their printed versions. In fact, there are many great books that are available for free on Kindle.

Here, I have compiled a list of 35 great novels that are available for free on kindle. Now, you have no excuse not to read them.

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To Buy, or Borrow?

To Buy, or Borrow?

Recently, one of the authors I follow on Twitter tweeted something about people borrowing her book to read, instead of buying it, being heartless. Being an aspiring author, who hopes to sell a lot of books someday, I could understand where the author was coming from. But, being an avid reader too, I could not help but wonder whether it was possible to buy all the books that one wanted.

So, I decided to make a case both for and against this dilemma that every book lover faces.

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Five Steps to Stick to Your Resolutions

ticked-checkbox-1280927-mThe first few days of 2014 are gone. The next few days are going to be testing times for your new year resolutions. Most people will forget their resolutions just about this time, and start waiting for the next year to form new resolutions, which they are definitely going to keep.

Here are five steps that may help you avoid becoming one of those people.

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Happy New Year, 2014!

pastel-new-year-1435613-2-m2014 is here, and, let’s face it, it will be gone just as quickly as 2013 did. You may find it weird to be talking about the end of an year that has hardly begun, but if you have lived long enough you would have realised that dates and months and years are mere numbers, and like all numbers, they deceive us.

That said, I must also say that I like New Year’s day a lot. It is a day that promises a new beginning. No matter how bad things were in the year that went by, the New Year’s day comes bearing the promise of a fresh start. It is true that, if we want, any day can be the beginning of something new and beautiful. If that happens, it is a great thing, but if it doesn’t then there is no time better than the New Year’s day to start something new of our own.

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