That’s how long it takes to get to be a world-class expert at something.
Or 8,000 if you merely want to be good.
My thesis there, backed up by Gladwell, is that hard work is it. There’s no magic spark, no such thing as god-given genius. Just bloody hard work over a period of years.
To quote from the article:
“This idea – that excellence at a complex task requires a critical, minimum level of practice – surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is a magic number for true expertise: 10,000 hours.”
The number comes up again and again, in studies across all fields. 10,000 hours of practice will make you a world-beater.
K Anders Ericsson and his colleagues studied violinists at Berlin’s music academy. In addition to the fact that the world-class violinists had 10,000 hours under their belts, they found this important information:
There were no outliers.
No naturals who could beat everyone else while practising for less time. And no grinders, who worked harder than everyone else but didn’t make it to the top.
Talent equals hard work.
Hard work equals talent.
So how long is ten thousand hours?
That’s twenty hours of practice each week for ten years, with two weeks off each year for holidays.
I know how hard I’m working on my scripts.
How about you?