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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