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10,000 hours?


We’ve all heard about Malcom Gladwell’s book, “Outliers”, which focuses on the practice of something for 10,000 hours to be great at it.

How many of us Gen X’ers got the little ones going on violin, tennis, golf, soccer, etc. … and started tracking the hours from the jump after reading this book?

The next prodigy belongs to me … ha!

Gladwell’s book was based on the research by Anders Ericsson.

Well, Ericsson is purported to be annoyed at Gladwell, because the research was misinterpreted by Gladwell.

The better book to read then about mastery of skill is, “Peak”, by Anders Ericsson.

1. It’s not about how many hours you practice, it’s how well you practice. Casual practice of tennis is much different than hard, intense, practice of tennis and the results would be different given 10,000 hours of equivalent effort.

2. The timeline to mastery is relative. While 10,000 hours is an immense commitment to a craft, some crafts may take less time to master, and others even more. And each person is different.

As it relates to your work.

It’s not just the amount of hours you work … it’s the intensity and focus that you bring to it that also impacts your production and mastery of your position.

Checking non-work-related websites frequently during the day, while working?

Other distractions?

Or grinding with full intensity?

Discipline .. that’s what you do when nobody is watching .. what was your attitude and energy like?

Were you organized and did you have a plan?

How many cups of coffee did you consume to properly align your brain for maximum energy and focus …….

Another wild storm over the weekend here, heavy, thick, wet snow in volumes on Friday, and trees are on the ground everywhere in the aftermath.

Swiper and Bandit helping me inspect the fallen branches.

Make it a great day everyone!

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Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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