2.23.2012

COFFEE TALK: 10,000 Hours


I was recently reading my friend Kathleen's new braid blog, and the following number from this post stuck out to me:

6. Practice for 10,000 hours.
I recently read Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers and had a major “a-ha” moment when he said it takes 10,000 hours to become successful at any given task. A big part of becoming a master at your craft and creating your own style is to practice. If you don’t quit before 10,000 hours you’ll start feeling more comfortable with your craft.

10,000 hours!?! Ya, that's a lot. So I did some simple math (not my favorite subject) to figure out that if you worked on/practiced something 5.5 hours a day for 5 years, that would be 10,000 hours (or 3 hours every day for 9 years). Have you done anything for that many hours? Maybe be a mom? Read books? I'm definitely a "master" at the Internet.

Regardless if it really takes you exactly 10,000 hours to become a master at something, I think the point is that it takes a loooong time to be great, and if you love it, you should keep on working/practicing/doing until you get there.

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13 comments:

christin said...

my boyfriend ALWAYS tells me this. i feel like somewhere he has a chart with all the hours i've logged!

Nikki Rappaport said...

Love this. Let it be inspiring though, don't let it get you down. Beautiful poster too!

Nat said...

Love this- my high school swim coach used to always tell us the 10,000 hours rule as he called it but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder, I would def say I'm a "master" of the internet too

Caryl @ www.heycaryl.com said...

This is so true and a great reminder. I'm going to share on facebook. It pairs really well with the post that I did today...on being yourself. Everything takes practice and the only way you get better is to practice. You don't need to be like everyone else. http://www.heycaryl.com/home/2012/2/23/encouragement-be-yourself.html

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

In other words...don't expect results asap. Everything and sometimes success doesn't happen overnight.

Kate said...

I have heard that before but never thought to break it down by hours and days. Hard work is the only way to get anywhere or be a master at anything.
<3 Kate
www.theforgetfulwife.com

And Kathleen said...

Lately I've been feeling like advice from those who are wildly successful is always "Do what you love. Stick with it." But Gladwell also touts that a LOT of what contributes to being successful is simply being in the right place at the right time. Right now I feel like I'm balancing the patience needed for 10,000 hours with the stars aligning.

In the meantime, I'll keep practicing.

P.S. I scrolled down to this post in my RSS reader and was thrilled to be slapped in the face with my own advice after feeling bad about not being better at hand lettering. Ha! xo!

outfit31.blogspot.com said...

Better 10,000 working hard at something you love, than 10,000 hours, seeming like a lifetime, at something you hate!!!

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

I've read that book and whenever I'm learning something new, I try to remember that. It's so easy to get frustrated with yourself, especially if you're a perfectionist and ESPECIALLY in the blog world, where it becomes too easy to compare yourself to other people! Just keep trucking along and learning and growing...I've found that's the key.

Jolie Jouel said...

That was so helpful to have the breakdown of 10 000 hours. I've often heard that stat but never knew what it really meant! 3 hours a day for 9 years totally put things into perspective!

joliejouel.blogspot.com

Sarah Morgan said...

That book was such an eyeopener! Talent can only get you so far; you have to be willing to put in time and effort to really succeed!

Brooke Shemwell said...

I know I'm late to this post, but I like the message and glad you posted it. It lets me know I have many more hours needed to spend at my sewing machine. I, however, have master tanning next to my pool while reading magazines. :)

Siren London said...

I had tried to read that book, seems that I am a bit slow to understand it after a few pages. Thanks for featuring it, it saved me to read the book!

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