Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Kill your idols

When I met Gerald Scarfe at Hay festival I told him that i spent my angst ridden teenage years listening to Pink floyd and looking at his drawings. His formative years were spent bed ridden as he was suffering from chronic asthma, which led him to spend hours drawing and making little sculptures. This is evidence of Malcom Gladwell's Outliers theory that the amount of time spent honing a skill or a craft from an early age is essential in the pursuit of success. Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.