10,000 hours, judging a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree.

After reading Outlier’s by Malcolm Gladwell a second time, I have made some fundamental changes in my approach to my craft, a little explanation in hopes you will READ IT YOURSELF.

The 10,000 hour “theory” is rather simple, spend 10,000 hours of deliberate practice in any one field and become a “master” of your craft. Here is the math explained; 10000-hour-math

Simple, right?


On the surface it does seem like anyone with a “work hard” attitude and dedicated ethic could become a master of a few things in his life.

What are you a master of?

How many hours have you dedicated?

Are you a master of what you set out to be?

A few successful examples;10000-hour-action

So many things can be taken from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” here is a take;

  • Only one way to become a master, put in the time, deliberately
  • We are more a product of our environment than we think, try being a hockey player born in December
  • Genius exists, but more likely they just worked harder
  • Accidental mastery is a myth, “work harder” is real
  • “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein
  • We are too hard on ourselves, we give up too easily and we forget that becoming a master has no short cuts.

Here is a another hour towards my next 10,000 hour challenge.

Get to doing!

Infographic courtesy of Zintro


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