10,000 hours is the time estimated to become masters at something. Not just good or excellent, but those people who do something with such flow and beauty, that it is hard to see where the person stops and the activity begins.
10,000 hours is a lot of time
3 hours a day for nearly 10 years.
Ain’t no one got time for that.
Until you recognize that the average American apparently watches over 3 hours of TV a day. And engages the internet, social media, and video games in over 3 hours of activity a day.
I use to believe that people who were good at something were born with a gift or some innate skill. And I, not being born with that special gift, could never be that good at something.
It turns out that I’m sorta right. They do have something that I’ve often lacked. But it is not necessarily something they were born with or that I wasn’t born with.
It is called discipline.
And it is the same discipline whether I want to become a master at something or whether I’d just like to get good at something.
Turns out that people who get good at something do it frequently. Whether it be painting or poetry. Guitar playing or drumming. Golf or soccer. Building a network of friends or establishing a voice in social justice.
In a vocation, a job, at home, or in the community. In sports, fun, hobbies, and creativity.
A huge part of success and passion is to just keep showing up in the same space. Practicing. Getting feedback. Experimenting.
No hidden secret. No magic wand. No 6-pack abs by tomorrow.
This was one of those wake up calls. I realized I needed to take a hard look at how I was spending my time. Some of it hasn’t always been pretty. And I could (and did) wallow in some ‘seriously, what was I thinking’ forehead smacking.
But today’s a new day. And you know something? I figure I’m gonna spend my time some where. So I’m picking a few places to spend it wisely.