Thursday, June 28, 2012

10,000-Hour Rule

“Studies suggest that the key to success in any field has nothing to do with talent. It's simply practice, 10,000 hours of it — 20 hours a week for 10 years.” Excerpt from the book Outliers.

Okay so contrary to the above quote, I believe you need a little talent to pursue success in a career or professional hobby.  However Outliers has provoked some interesting thoughts on how we define successful people.  The book points out that while Jobs and Gates were born during an ideal time to take advantage of the birth of high technology they also practiced and took advantage of all the help and opportunities that danced around them. 

It makes me evaluate how I can redirect my own road and become a legit children’s book writer. And to that point, writing takes practice – a lot of practice.  Just like becoming a good cook takes practice.  Being a pilot, doctor and lawyer all take a great deal of practice. 

Perhaps the key question is; are you willing to put in the hours to get what you want?

9 comments:

  1. My husband read a book very close to this called, "Talent is Overrated" and talks about deliberate practice. Like you said I guess it depends on how much time you want to put in!

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  2. I just read that book! I think there is something to be said about "experience" and the hours one has practiced something as well as being in the right place at the right time. However, talent is always helpful! I hope you are doing well my friend.

    Mama Hen

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  3. a little hard work and dedication and there's NOTHING you can't do!!! awesome way to think about putting yourself out there!

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  4. I agree entirely. It's always great to have talent, but great things don't just happen with talent. Practice, hard work, dedication, persistence...those are the ingredients to success. The hardest part is wondering when the dedication and persistence will pay off--five years from now...ten years from now...twenty years from now? When does one give up, or do you never give up? I suppose if you have passion, then you won't ever consider giving up... What a great post!

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  5. Very true. I read the bio on Steve Jobs that came out around Christmas. Steve was born at an opportune time, but you are right, he relied on others, and he worked, often 20 hours a day for days on end. He didn't become a computer expert or a billionaire by luck! Good post.

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  6. I was lauhing when I read your comment, because I still have about the same amount of pages left to read. I have been so busy and need to find a moment. It is an interesting book and something to ponder. I hope you are well! Have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

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  7. This is such an excellent post & question! I've been out of the blogging arena for a while and happy to come visit to find your thought-provoking posts. Thanks for your encouraging comment for me & my work!

    I agree both talent and hard work are needed- the trick is to find that space inside ourselves to make that happen, one step at a time! Once we find that passion, then we're more likely to willingly put in the hours to get what we want and it starts to feel easier even though we're pedaling harder. In my book, you are already a children's book writer :).

    I wrote a post about talent & success a while back, http://jinnialow.com/if-im-talented-ill-succeed-right/

    Have a radiant weekend!
    Jinnia

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  8. Hi TV! I am hoping to finish that book in the next few days. We are in New Hampshire again and I love it. I will post about it tonight. The next book I will read I brouht with me and hope to start it on this trip. It was highly reccomended and I think you and I both might get something out of it. It is called Falling for Eli by Nancy Shulins. She could not have a child and found inspiration and hope to move forward. I got it at Barnes and Noble. So I would love to read that together and then talk. I hope you are well. Have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

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  9. That's the truth and best question. It does take practice and are you willing. I think you said it best, if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. Yep.

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