It has been said that Success is Elusive. And it is…
When I talk to people about success this is the concept that is often missed… “Being Ready When the Big moment of Opportunity Comes.” I mean really being READY!
How many of you could be disciplined enough to be a back up quarterback? And most importantly continually sharpening and improving your skills while sitting on the bench. Until one day BAM! The star quarterback gets hurt and all eyes turn on you. Are you READY!
Preparation is the key here and a widely referred to theory, first proposed in 1990 by Swedish psychologist Dr. Anders Ericsson, and made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers, called “The 10,000 Hour Rule” concluded it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in almost anything.
10,000 hours… What does this mean? Let’s take a look at how this breaks down. If you practiced, trained or studied 6 hours each day every day, non stop, according to Gladwell it would take you 4.5 years to master the chosen field (that’s 6 hours/day 52 weeks/yr for 4.5 years – if you only practiced 3 hours/day it would take 9 years).
Please note, it is not the repetitions alone that make the difference. It’s the careful attention to learning and improving everyday in a structured environment where improvements can be measured.
I have known people that boasted they did “this or that” for 20 years and they were, in my estimation, very average at the thing they boasted about. All that practice did not lead to anything even close to expert status. What is important is the feedback and the reinforcement for improvement associated with the repetitions that make the difference. Under these conditions people striving for greatness become addicted to information that helps them improve.
I have heard many times that a given performer just needs more time before success is achieved. It is not time and it is not experience. What’s needed is a special kind of experience requiring lots of repetitions where correct performance is specified, where information on results are readily available and where small improvements are positively reinforced.
“Success is achieved when 10,000 hours of preparation is met with one Golden Opportunity”