Cristal PugelDunaganEnglish 101- Section 3516 September 2015Rules and ReservationsWishing upon a star to become the best singer, the best dancer, the best musician, or the best athlete is best kept to one’s imagination. Being the best takes major practice, with hours upon hours of tiresome dedication; not just “hours” of practice, but a whopping 10,000 hours worth of practice. Malcolm Gladwell and David Bradley both discuss a rule of 10,000 hours of dedication that will lead you to be the best at anything. “The 10,000-Hour Rule” is pulled from a chapter of Gladwell’s book, “Outliers: The Story of Success.” Gladwell argues that 10,000 hours of practice is required to master anything, and he arrives at this conclusion through studies and research of successful people. Bradley’s article, “Why Gladwell’s 10,000-Hour Rule is Wrong,” originally appeared in his book “Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong.” Similarly, Bradley argues that 10,000 hours of practice would be the right amount of time to make one great, but also argues that Gladwell didn’t further analyze what else needs to beput into perspective, such as the physical limits, motivation needed, and the singular person that is wanting to obtain greatness. While Gladwell’s “The 10,000-Hour Rule” and Bradley’s “Why Gladwell’s 10,000-Hour Rule is Wrong” share the similar ideas on how to achieve “greatness,” Bradley is more effective in convincing his audience to believe his outlook over Gladwell’s because his extensive use of appeals convinces the audience to, not only believe him, but to trust him, by forming his sentences into facts, focusing on what appeals are important to the audience,and backing up all of his claims.
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