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10,000 Hours to Success

It Only Takes 10,000 Hours to become Successful - which is only 3.5 years (give or take) if you go by 8 hour days (it's only 1 year and 52 days if you worked all 24 hours like a crazy person!). It may seem like a long time from the starting point, but when you stop and think about it, what have you been doing with the last 10,000 that has not created the success you want in your life?

It Only Takes 10,000 Hours to become Successful - which is only 3.5 years (give or take) if you go by 8 hour days (it's only 1 year and 52 days if you worked all 24 hours like a crazy person!). It may seem like a long time from the starting point, but when you stop and think about it, what have you been doing with the last 10,000 that has not created the success you want in your life?

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell wrote, “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”

The "10,000-Hour Rule" follows that an individual needs ten thousand hours of consistent-action before he or she becomes an expert in what he/she does. Gladwell noted that it took Bill Joy ten thousand hours of computer programming, before he was able to write the programs that led him to success with Mac OS's and Sun-Microsystems. And it was ten thousand hours of performing in Hamburg, brought very much the same positive results for The Beatles. After playing for an estimated 1,200 times, the Beatles are still one of the best-selling musical groups of all time.

What did you do with your last 10,000 hours? Or the 10,000 before that? What could you have accomplished within the last 3 years, had you realized that short-term kind of commitment could've brought you everything you desire right now?

Thomas Jefferson once said, "Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today."

Mr. Jefferson was right, though he also illustrated a fine point about a thought process that often throws us off track. The very root of the reason why we, and most people fail to accomplished anything truly meaningful in our lives (yet) – the root of procrastination - is that we are continually thinking about our lives in terms of how many bundles of things we have to do and do TODAY.

We need to clean the house, and bath the dog, and take out the garbage, and pay the bills, and make more money to pay the overdue bills. We need to repaint the kitchen and replace the shower enclosure, call our mothers, oh yeah! Don't forget about building that solar energy collecting green house you've been meaing to build so you can grow your own organic foods!

Being the organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated people that we are, we create this long list of "to-do's" that we have prepared the day or night before, or first thing in the morning. But out of that list of 10 things to do, only three to four will be checked off by the end of the day. I bet you that at least three of the tasks you "intended" on completing, had been on your checklist for a month or more already. I am also willing to bet that you have been doing everything in your power to actually complete your mile long list, every day you wake up.

The only problem is, we cannot achieve a months worth of goals in one day. So why do we keep on doing it? It's rather simple once you see the bigger picture - having an ever growing list makes us feel productive and significant, because we have "things to do!" And after we've spent all day chasing the end of the list, we feel like we've really accomplished "something", even if that something is only little bits of "everything". We start grading ourselves like President Obama on the economy, with a "B+ for Effort!", viewing the Art of Accomplishment like pee-wee football, where any achievement is rewarded, even if it was half-assed. It's like saying, "Who care's if Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon, I cleaned the house, washed the car, jogged a mile with the baby AND put off another bill collector today! In your face spaceman!", it just doesn't make any sense. Sure you did a lot, but you certainly can't compare domestic stress to the legendary action of placing the first spaceboot into the sands on our very own moon!

You have to have higher standards for yourself, and not allow the "success trap" to make you feel comfortable in your "routine". Yes, it is amazing that you can do so much in one day, but which one of those accomplishments is helping you grow as a person? Which of those moutainous chores is bringing you daily fulfillment and passion?

The largest problem with trying to accomplish everything "today", is that amount of negative uncertainty that comes along with it. No matter how certain “today” might sound, it is still a fleating moment in the story of your life. While you say, “I will start jogging today,” at the back of your mind, what you are really saying is, “I will start jogging today if it does not rain, or if I finish work early, or if I get enough sleep.” And then it rains and you allow yourself not to jog, even though you KNOW the rain won't hurt you. Or you get off work late and decide your health is less important than your opportunity to vegge out on the couch and watch your favorite show. Or you go to bed late and wake up exhausted, meaning you can use your "I'm to tired to take care of myself today" excuse. What then happens, is that “today” becomes yesterday, tomorrow, another day, "someday" and so on.

When will your 10,000 hours REALLY start? When are you going to get off your tuckus and do something truly meaningful for yourself?

When you're serious, you need to set the time and date that you will accomplish your goals, rain or shine, late or early! "Today", "Tomorrow" and "Next Week" are ways to only half commit. They are open-ended empty promises - a sugarcoated form of procrastination - which make you feel better about completely forgotting about them until you remember you "should" be making time for them. When you're really ready to get things done, it's the Energy in Motion that will make you snap out of your lethargy. It's your ability to choose a point of focus and go for it until it's completed, and not to scatter your day by having more goals than you can humanly accomplish on your own.

Now that you have all of this new knowledge swimming in your mind, anchor your new "anti-procrastination" behavior programming, by getting a pen and paper, and writing down what the definition of "success" is for you. Does "success" mean that you have enough time for yourself, your friends and your family? Does "success" mean that you have enough resources to feed, cloth and care for yourself and your family? Does it mean big cars and fancy diamond rings? Everyone is different, and no answer is "incorrect". The "10,000 hour test" is Malcolm Gladwell's interpretation, while plenty of other successful figures have proven it can take even less time - what is your interpretation?

Once you have defined your own world of success, send me an email at StrategyLifeCoaching@Gmail.com, and I will show you how to turn your choas into achievement.

It Only Takes 10,000 Hours to become Successful. What Have You Been Doing All Your Life?

 

In his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell wrote, “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”

 

The 10, 000-Hour Rule follows that an individual needs ten thousand hours of practice before he/she becomes an expert in what he/she does. Gladwell noted that it took Bill Joy ten thousand hours of programming before he was able to write the programs which are still in use now. And ten thousand hours of performing in Hamburg did very much the same with The Beatles. After playing for an estimated 1, 200 times, The Beatles are now the best-selling musical group of all time.

 

So if ten thousand hours is what it takes to spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s, what have you been doing all your life?

 

"Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today."

                                                   -Thomas Jefferson

 

Yeah, right! This is the very reason why we, and most people never accomplished anything – the root of procrastination. We always think of doing things today. And that is our biggest problem.

 

 

Being the organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated people that we are, we would have this long list of things to-do that we have prepared the day or night before. But out of that list of 10, only three to four would have tick marks by the end of the day. I could bet you that at least three of the tasks you "intend" to do had been on your checklist for a month or so already.

 

But why do we keep on doing it? It's rather simple. Doing so makes us feel productive thus, making us feel good about ourselves. Doing so makes us feel like we've really accomplished something. And for us, accomplishment is what it is no matter how big or small. It's like saying, "To hell I care if Neil Armstrong was the first man who stepped in the moon. Hey, I cleaned the house/washed the car/jogged a mile today! In your face!" I have one question though, how many todays have passed before you finally accomplished that?

 

The problem with today is all the uncertainties that come along with it. No matter how certain “today” might sound, it is still nothing but a word of “promise.” While you say, “I will start jogging today,” at the back of your mind, what you are really saying is, “I will start jogging today if it does not rain/if I finish work early/if I get enough sleep.” And then it rained/you finished work late/you didn’t get enough sleep. So what happens is that “today” becomes yesterday, the other day, and then, last week or even last month.

 

So when will your 10, 000 hours start?

 

Today is a promise which can either be fulfilled, postponed or worst, forgotten. It is but an excuse for not doing – a sugarcoated form of procrastination. Now is what gets things done. It is the energy that will make you snap out of your lethargy. So don’t wait for today. Do it NOW.

 

You can start by defining what “success” means to you. Go! Write it down. Now!

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