deliberate practice:  what it is and how to do it

Interview with Dr. Anders ericsson a cognitive psychologist who has dedicated his career to the study of performance and expertise. malcolm gladwell's introduction of the 10,000 hour rule in his wildly successful book, outliers, was based on Dr. ericsson's work. unfortunately for gladwell, he incorrectly cited ericsson's work. It is not 10,000 hours, it is more likely 25,000 - 35,000 hours and more importantly, those hours must be comprised of deliberate practice.

While this interview is more specific to emergency medicine, it is important to note the similarities between emergency medicine and a self-defense situation. in both instances, the situation is ambigious and novel with the potential for loss of life and actions taken under time pressure.