On the road to success, what takes the wheel: time or talent? In the “10,000-Hour Rule”, Malcolm Gladwell argues that innate talent is not the biggest factor in success, but rather the amount practiced and the opportunities given. To prove his point, he refers to the Beatles, a rock band that became famous in the 1960s, and how they went through other experiences and challenges within their career that developed them into what they were. These experiences forced them to go through extremely large amounts of practice, which coincidentally added up to around 10,000 hours. Gladwell insists that without having the opportunities they were given, the Beatles, and other famous figures throughout history, wouldn’t be where they were. To develop his argument, Gladwell refers to numerous charts and tables. Additionally, he makes use of allusions in reference to how famous figures within the last century have had outside factors besides talent, such as opportunity and practice, that have contributed to their success. In the “10,000-Hour Rule”, Gladwell effectively uses statistical data in the form of tables and charts to further his notion of practice over talent. This method of rhetoric, in conjunction with multiple allusions to famous figures, successfully enforces that luck, opportunity, and practice have the greatest impact on one’s chances of success.
A technique Gladwell uses to further his argument of time over talent is the use of charts and tables. An example of this can be