"Some people astonish us with feats of expertise - the memory champion who remembers great strings of numbers, the pianist who can sight read a difficult score while talking to his class of singers, the computer analyst who can hack his way into the nation's defense network. With the aid of modern scanners and research techniques, scientists have begun to study the brains of these amazing experts and they have discovered that they are no different from anyone else's. In fact, it is highly likely that most of us can become an expert in any field we want. All we need is the motivation to learn the skill. That means putting in the time and effort, of course. Dedicated practice lays more and more information down in your autonomic memory - the memory that takes up no space in your working memory and allows you to do things without even thinking about them. With practice, estimates suggest it takes about ten years to become what most people acknowledge as an expert, and the rewards are great." from the Book Brain Boot Camp by Tony Buzan.