I was debating about this with a couple of people last night. I think it's a really influential theory but I wonder who believes in it? If you're unfamiliar, the theory is basically that mastering something (business, writing, painting, music, directing) has very little to do with what natural talent you are born with and everything to do with whether you have put in the necessary time to master it. In the book, Gladwell says that the Beatles weren't more talented songwriters than anyone else, they just spent way more time at it than others. Thoughts? Have any of you spent close to 10,000 hours at something and still feel like you aren't that good?