Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always innate genius or talent that will make you a success story these days. It’s actually all about the hours of work that you put in, which means even average Joe is capable of becoming an expert. Practice can make perfect, 10,000 hours of practice to be exact.
The 10,000 hour rule states: it takes ten thousand hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at anything you desire. But, are you engaging in deliberate practice? To answer yes at this question, you will need to practice your skill, constantly strive for improvement, monitor your performance, evaluate your success and work on the aspects you’re not good at. Not engaging in deliberate practice includes mindless repetition, watching an expert perform, teaching other people, only doing the things you’re already good at, and staying in your comfort zone.
There are 8,765 hours in a year, a person with a full time job works 2,080 hours of that year. That’s a lot of time spent working, so how much time do you have to perfect your skill and become an expert? If working on your skill for 20 hours a week, it will take 9.6 years to perfect said skill or talent. Take the Beatles as an example. It took the band 12 years to sell 2 billion albums, now that’s some hard work. We can’t forget about one of the richest men in the whole world, Bill Gates. At the age of just 13 (in 1968), Microsoft’s creator created his first computer program. By 1975, Mr. Gates dropped out of Harvard and launched Microsoft. Mind you, he is way past his 10,000 hour perfection mark.
So, how do you cheat the rule? Get a coach, surround yourself with like minded individuals, build expert habits, don’t waste time on the small stuff, deliberately practice, teach others and find someone to kick your butt if you fall off track. As long as you keep your mind on the prize, you can accomplish anything. You too can be perfect.