Hack the 10,000 hour rule
Do you know you can hack the 10,000-hour rule? Well, yes, let me share that with you, because it’s actually quite simple.
The 10,000-hour rule states that to master anything, you need to invest 10,000 hours.
To put it in perspective, when you spend a full-time workday on that for 5 days in a week, it will take you around 1,250 days. Having NO vacations or weekends off (which is impossible) it will take you 3,42 Years!
Now, who would spend that much time, unless you REALLY want it to master… right?
Not that many.
But I got a question for you: What does MASTER mean?
Do we really have to MASTER everything?
NO, we don’t.
I want to learn to play the piano, because I’d like to learn that. I don’t have the desire to become a concert pianist. So I don’t have to MASTER piano playing.
I want to learn tennis. But winning 7 grand slams is not on my to-do list.
You see, the thing is, you can learn pretty much ANYTHING in about 25 hours.
Are you then mastering it? No.
Can you play a song on the piano after you’ve practiced for 25 hours? Yes.
Can you play a tennis game after practicing for 25 hours? Sure.
See, success is in the eye of the beholder. We don’t have to MASTER everything, some things are okay to be okay at. And if you like it, you’ll keep spending more time doing it, and you will improve. That’s great.
Be a better tennis player. Be a better copywriter. Be a better guitar player. Whatever it is you want to learn, don’t see the 10,000 hr rule as your goal.
Start with 25 and you’ll see that for SO MANY things that is perfectly enough.
And if you DO want to master it? There are only 9,975 hours left to keep learning and practicing.
About the Author
Maurice is the founder of Master Your Personality and originator of the concept of "The 5 Sources of Happiness". He coaches and trains people on how to take control in their happiness, find the love of your life and stage performance like public speaking and acting.