This is a fascinating subject and the answer is obvious to traditionalists.
It reminds me of the concept of the "10,000 Hour Rule" that my friend Tony Schmitz recently wrote about. It was coined by author Malcolm Gladwell to illustrate that it takes about 10,000 hours of work or practice to become an expert at something. 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (with a 2 week break) is 2000 hours a year. Do that for 5 years and it adds up to 10,000 hours. It now takes the average student about 5 years to complete a bachelor's degree. 10,000 hours. The average major league baseball player spends 5 years in the minors. 10,000 hours. To become a journeyman electrician requires 5 years of an apprenticeship and supervised work experience. 10,000 hours. It takes 4 years of medical school and years more of residency to become a medical doctor. 10,000 hours plus. Do you think Steph Curry, Sidney Crosby or Lionel Messi practiced their shots for 10,000 hours. You bet they did, from a very young age.
However, If you believe the headlines, we have a crisis. There are simply not enough people to make the parts that we need to be made. They call it the "Skills Gap" (don't like the term, it's not a lack of skill, it's a lack of training).
Can we wait 10,000 hours? To be continued...
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