10 000 hours of deliberate practice

My guitar play sucks. If you push me I put a video on youtube and show it, but trust me you are better off if you take my word for it.

I’ve always believed that I can not play properly because my fingers are short and my joints are stiff. Reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers I had to realize that is mostly because of my commitment and time put into it. I’ve just calculated that I would have been a hack of a guitar player by now if I would have deliberately practiced 1 hour every day during my past 26 years of guitarist “carrier”.

Inevitably, I did not.

[content_box_light_blue width=”75%”]Deliberate:
1,Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects
2, leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried:[/content_box_light_blue]

I read many articles about the 10 000 rule, where people simply derive that work 8 hours a day in a job and in 5 years one can achieve high proficiency. Mathematically it is about right, but all of us who had been working as an employee know that only 60% of the day spent with work and only 50% of that was deliberate. So we are up to 15 years immediately. I let you draw your own conclusions…

On the other hand even with my lousy guitar play I am still in the top 5 among my friends and family. It means that – unless some miracle happens – I will not play in Carnegie Hall anytime soon, but I can entertain my friends when they came to my house to party. The same is true for your abilities, knowledge, expertise!

[content_box_light_blue width=”75%”]Suggested reading: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers[/content_box_light_blue]

Many people searching for new opportunities, and get overwhelmed what is available already on the internet. If you are on this path I urge you to watch what Jeff Walker has to say about this.

I was struggling with the niche finding problem for quite while, since I have done so many things in the past 16-18 years but non of that added up to 10 000 hours. Non, except one area, but that is a different story.

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