The Dan Plan started on April 5th, 2010, when Dan quit his day job as a commercial photographer and started dedicating over 30 hours a week with the hopes of reaching 10,000 hours practiced by November of 2015. During this time, Dan plans to develop his skills through deliberate practice, eventually winning amateur events and obtaining his PGA Tour card through a successful appearance in the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.
According to research conducted by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, “Elite performers engage in ‘deliberate practice’–an effortful activity designed to improve target performance.” Dr. Ericsson’s studies, made popular through Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated, have found that in order to excel in a field, roughly 10,000 hours of “stretching yourself beyond what you can currently do” is required.
Before starting his quest, Dan had no previous experience as a competitive athlete, nor is he even in particularly good physical condition. Dan has also never played a full 18 holes of golf, and has only been to a driving range a handful of times.
Dan hopes to use this journey to inspire others to start reaching higher. Hopefully Dan will make a major impact on many lives by the time he reaches his goal on the PGA Tour in November of 2015.
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