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He's halfway there.

It’s the usual story: guy reaches 30, doubts career, wants something more, quits job, reframes life. Only catch, Dan McLaughlin’s not on some flippant life crisis. He’s on a mission.

A few days back, Dan hit his four year anniversary mark—on April 5th, 2010, he quit his job. Five days later, he started The Dan Plan, his quest to become a PGA Tour golfer (and—equipped with Criquet's polos—dress well doing it). He thought it’d take him four years. He was wrong.

If you’ve read Gladwell’s Outliers, you’ve got some framework for Dan’s goal. He’s aiming for the magic 10,000 hour mark, that place where “deliberate practice” of an activity turns into expertise of the highest degree. Theory goes: you practice for 10,000 hours, you become the best in your field.

Gladwell cites the likes of Bill Gates and The Beatles as examples of the theory panning out. So far, our man Dan is at the halfway mark: 5,000 hours. And, while he initially thought the 10,000 would be bridged in 4 years, looks like that time frame'll be at least doubled by the time he’s done. The problem is the “deliberate practice,” what Dr. K. Anders Ericsson described as “stretching yourself beyond what you can currently do.” That takes time. Intentional, slow, high-concentration practice time.

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