10,000 Hours to Mastery

Have you ever heard that someone was an “overnight success”? I have. When I took the time to learn more about these “lucky-ducks”, I discovered that virtually every time, what people see as hitting it big overnight wasn’t really true. In fact, in the cases I looked at, the people became successful, that became GREAT got that way because they practiced their skill and their talent…A LOT!!
The amazing author, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the “Ten thousand Hour Rule”. This rule states that anything can be mastered if a person is willing to put 10,000 hours of study and practice into it. Can you imagine how good a football, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, etc. player you would be if you practiced that sport for 10,000 hours?!?! You’d be amazing, right? As Macklemore says in his song, Ten Thousand Hours, “…The greats weren’t great because they liked to paint. The greats were great BECAUSE THEY PAINT A LOT.”
As you read this, I’d like you to think about the one or two things that you’d really like to excel at…where you would really like to be GREAT. Ask yourself how many hours you’ve put into being GREAT in these areas. Do you need to become more disciplined in your practice time? How about your homework? What you eat or drink? Once you’ve checked in with yourself to see how much time you’ve invested in greatness, it’s time to make a plan.
For any area you decided that you want to be great, write down how much time each week (and what days) you are going to put in your hours. By writing this down on paper, you are making a commitment to yourself to become great, hour-by-hour. If you will track the hours you put in over the weeks, you will be blown away by what you create over the course of a year. This step-by-step greatness is known as the Compound Effect. That means that the little decisions you make minute-by-minute, day-by-day and week by week add up to HUGE changes over time. The longer the time you do these things, the greater your result will be. You are getting in your 10,000 hours!
Remember this always…time waits for no one. You have 24 hours in your day, no more and no less. What you do with that time will determine whether or not you become a master at the things that are most important to you.
Dr. Jim Hoven - ProjectMOVE