In Malcolm Gladwell's now famous book Outliers, he talks about the 10,000 hour rule. For those unfamiliar with the theory - it is the idea that to become truly skilled at anything one must put in about 10,000 hours of hard work and effort to achieve the desired expertise.
The following are 5 examples of people who have put in the 10,000 hours
Thomas Edison - Has been famously quoted and possibly misquoted that he tried 10,000 different versions of the light-bulb before he finally succeeded. By the time he and his team unveiled the light-bulb in 1879 Edison had been tinkering with things and inventing different items for well over a decade.
Bill Gates -started playing with some of the first personal computers when he was in his teens.He actually cold called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) one of the leading computer companies at the time, to pitch a program to them at the age of 19. Gates and his partner Allen pitched it and struck a deal with the company when initially the code for the program wasn't even written yet.
Will Smith - Will Smith wasn't always the well known actor. once upon a time he was a rapper who made a million dollars and then proceeded to almost go bankrupt. He has always been a top notch entertainer though and stays at the top primarily due to his work ethic.
Tiger Woods - Got his first pair of golf clubs when he was under 2 years old. He beat his father for the first time at age 11. He scored a 70 for the first time at the age of 12. At the age of 20 he became the first golfer to win three consecutive golf titles.
Zach Galafianakis - Zach Galifianakis is now known for the movie the Hangover but prior to the mid 2000's he was virtually unknown. He had several bit parts in a number of shows but it took him over a decade to have a breakout success.
So How about you? Do you know of anyone who seemed like an overnight success but, ended up working 10,000 hours to achieve the success they've achieved? If so post it in the comments below.