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The First Half of a Journey in Human Potential: Half way to the 10,000 hour goal, four years of a blog by Dan McLaughlin (The Dan Plan) by [McLaughlin, Daniel]
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In April, 2010, a 30-year-old man named Dan quit his day job in an attempt to become a professional golfer. He was set in mind and determined it would be possible when walking away from a well-paying gig as a commercial photographer in Portland, Oregon. The only caveat was that he had zero experience with golf and basically no experience with athletics in general. He was, and is, pretty much average by most standards. 5’9″ and 150 Lbs, played a bit of tennis as a kid, ran cross country freshman year of high school then took to different interests for the remainder of high school and through university. Dan wasn’t exactly a couch potato, but was much closer to that than to Usain Bolt.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: The Dan Plan LLC; 1 edition (17 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MTC0NJA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a great read. 28 October 2014
By Marc C. - Published on Amazon.com
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This story inspired me to do the same thing with a guitar. Absolutely a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 18 October 2014
By Anu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gave me lots of inspiration and made me believe in myself. Also it made me appreciate my chances of following my dreams. I believe that anything is possible if you have the grit and put enough effort in achieving your goals. And in the end the journey is as important as the result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars √ Half-way to 10,000 hours 27 August 2014
By Bassocantor - Published on Amazon.com
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In THE FIRST HALF OF A JOURNEY, the author decides to test out the 10,000 hours to mastery theory, as presented by Dr K. Anders Ericsson. The idea is, it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice in any field or sport to actually gain mastery. As the author puts it, "Deliberate practice is concentrated effort aimed towards improving the task at hand. The explicit and ultimate goal of this practice must be for constant improvement." Scientific tests suggest that it's not so much great talent, but a huge number of hours of practice that is the key.

THE FIRST HALF OF A JOURNEY is a detailed account of the author's decision to actually pick something, and dedicate years of his life to gain mastery. That "something" he picked was GOLF. I was intrigued by this book, because I am familiar with the 10,000 hour study; however, I have never known anyone to just go out and start 10,000 hours. Dan is currently at the 5,500 hour mark, and it's been 4 1/2 years since the start of this effort. As an example of the seriousness of this project, the author apparently consulted with Dr Ericsson several times.

All in all, a very interesting read. This book will especially appeal to golfers--mainly those who are willing to put in lots of work! I didn't find all the golfing details--the course, score, etc., very interesting, but I don't golf too much anymore. I admit, however, that avid golfers will find those sections more appealing. And of course, as we all know, every golfer becomes a golfing fanatic sooner or later. It's just that they don't want to put in the 10,000 hours. Hat's off to the author for his brave experiment. Recommend!

For an overview of the "10,000 hour" theory, see the popular book, Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning how to become the best golfer you can possibly be 15 September 2014
By Gianni Davico - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice reading indeed.

If you are in the market for learning how to become the best golfer you can possibly be, this is a true and inspiring story - backed up by proven scientific theories, as described for example in "Talent is Overrated" by Geoff Colvin.

Maybe it should be sometimes a bit more concise. But it’s a journey in which the end can not be perfectly clear – so repetitions, false starts etc. are understandable.