Hours of Practice

In his book 'Outliers' Gladwell talks about one of the distinguishing factors of 'outliers' aka high performers of note.

Answer: 10,000 hours of deliberate practice (at least!). 

He goes on to deconstruct what that looks like in terms of yearly, monthly and weekly hours of practice and dedication.

I'll be frank here... I'm not altogether convinced that this is the only route to high performance.

In other words I dont think right now you are at hour zero.

In fact I'd argue you've already clocked your 10,000 hours as a student, and then some.

Think about that. Let's say you started studying or enrolled in school between the age of 4 and 6.

Okay cool... so you started putting in say 6 hours in school Monday to Friday equalling say 30 hours a week multiplied by give or take 40 weeks a year (factoring in holidays and weekends).

That's an annual conservative approximation of 1,200 hours.

Let's just call that 1000 hours.

Now your in high school or higher education and your in your late teens/early twenties at least.

Cool so that's at least 10 years x 1,000 hours = 10,000 hours.

Point here, you've already clocked 10,000 hours.

From here on out then - where would you like the compasss to point?

As in what are the specific areas of learning that you really enjoy, are curious about, are engaged by, and would love to master more (whether within or outside of the classroom?

Challenge here for more of that. Get that deliberate practice going even more on what you are really inspired and curious to learn more.

Imagine doing that for another 10,000 hours in areas of learning that you are absolutely fascinated by.

Time would not be an issue because you'd be totally absorbed on learning for learnings sake. 

Bottom line...time to continue designing your own 'curriculum'.

Think of the immense potential (your potential!) behind the next 10,000 hours of deliberate practice and learning (in and out of the classroom) in areas of your choosing.

You got this. Have fun with it.

With Arete,


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