The premise here is that Dan McLaughlin worked his 10,000 hours (or most of them, at any rate) in an effort to be a pro golfer. But if there are 245 spots on the PGA Tour, then if 246 people spend that 10,000 hours, then by definition the principle will fail. Then other factors will come into play, like luck and age. What did happen was that he became a very good golfer - among the top six percent in the world - before his back gave out. Had he started earlier, had he employed a better practice strategy, had he a cohort of peers to pace himself, had he more money to live on, things may have been different.
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