10,000 Hours

“If you can find someone who can stay on mission, on task, with focused intensity for an entire decade, I will show you someone who is world class in their chosen area of endeavor. They are likely a national brand, or will be. In his great book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes that one of the keys to unusual heights of success is spending ten thousand hours of practice at your chosen craft.  The Beatles spent countless hours playing at summer festivals before you ever heard of them;  Peyton Manning, widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football, has been known for his work ethic since he was a child. Remember, you work your tail off for fifteen years and you are suddenly an overnight success.”  — Dave Ramsey

I’m a big fan of the 10,000-hour rule.

When people observe someone who is head and shoulders above the crowd, they often say, “How gifted she is!” or “He is just a natural.”  Many people are gifted, but if they are to become world class, or one of the best in their field, they’ve got to put the time in.  They’ve got to work hard—really hard—for a very long time! There’s no getting around that.

Where will YOU invest your 10,000 hours…?

I’ll leave you with this great principle from James Allen…

 “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.  Chance is not.  Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort;  they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized.”


About Joe McDowell

Joe McDowell is a Life Coach who challenges his clients to stop settling for less than their best, to start using their gifts, and begin living the life of their dreams. If you're dissatisfied with any aspect of your life, read this blog!
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