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Sleeping Less Than Eight Hours Per Night?

Got a good question from a reader about sleep. One of my goals is to sleep less than 8 hours/night

Hello, and thanks for inviting your blog visitors to email you directly. I just came across your site today, and got some good reading out of your "top stories" list. What compelled me to write, though, was a trend I noticed on some of your "goals" posts: sleeping less than 8 hours per night.

It caught my attention, because at first glance it looks counter-intuitive. Yet I understand exactly what you mean.

Cut. Return to monologue later. Get to the askin':

How is it working out for you?

The 10,000 Hour Business

On David Paul Krug

So I recently stumbled onto this site called the 10,000 Hour Calculator. If you've never read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell than I'm assuming 10000 hours doesn't mean anything to you. Interesting enough the 10000 hour rule is probably a crock of shit. Yep I said it. Much of the 10000 hour rule nonsense is bullshit. That's really not the point.

Gladwell in his book hits on something pretty amazing however. And you can read the full excerpt on his website. He breaks down the richest people in the history of the world.

"Do you know what's interesting about that list? Of the 75 names, an astonishing 14 are Americans born within nine years of each other in the mid 19th century. Think about that for a moment. Historians start with Cleopatra and the Pharaohs and comb through every year in human history ever since, looking in every corner of the world for evidence of extraordinary wealth, and almost 20 percent of the names they end up with come from a single generation in a single country."

"What's going on here? The answer is obvious, if you think about it. In the 1860's and 1870's, the American economy went through perhaps the greatest transformation in its history. This was when the railways were built, and when Wall Street emerged. It was when industrial manufacturing started in earnest. It was when all the rules by which the traditional economy functioned were broken and remade. "

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