10,000 hours to master your thing.

Its said by Malcolm Gladwell among others that you can master any skill or talent if you put in 10,000 hours of practise.

What does this mean?
It means that you can in fact do anything you want, and you can be really good at it. You can probably be the best if you put in the practice time. You can do anything and be good at it. Seems to me that this is pretty liberating. We all have ideas as to what we want to do and think that we could be really good at, but there are barriers in the way, lack of knowledge/skill/confidence, so in fact here’s the answer to those doubts. You can be good at anything given that your willing to put in the time.

3 Hours everyday for 10 years. Seems like a lot but what else are you going to do?

I must admit I am a little skeptical of this approach. I think its true if your goal lays in being an absolute master, but i think you can be good or even great with far less work. I think we all have inherent talents and skills that we are naturally attracted to for whatever reason. Now if we allow ourselves to indulge in these talents then it will naturally occur that we will get better. It just depends on how much time you put in to how much you get out. There’s a balance somewhere between the 10,000 rule and what actually is happening.

For me presently it all comes down to photography. I try and learn as much as I can from reading and listening, but in the end just shooting is the way of getting better. I just need to get out and shoot more and more and more and more and more and more.

Anyway, just a thought.

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Posted on May 12, 2009, in Life and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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