10,000 Hours — Give or Take

This song by Macklemore and Lewis, based on a book by Malcom Gladwell’s book titled, Outliers, has been running through my head: http://rapgenius.com/Macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-ten-thousand-hours-lyrics

Gladwell posits that it takes 10,000 hours – a la, the equivalent to 4 years or so at a University, roughly — to achieve mastery over something. When you are taking on a new course of study, or blazing a path with your new business, this can seem like FOR-EVER. How do you stay the course? What do you do when your confidence is thrown? What if you get a bad ‘yelp” review, or the clients aren’t finding you as quickly as you’d like?

When I remember this idea of 10,000 hours, it immediately gives me some breathing room. I can be more forgiving of myself. I can even look back to where I was a couple of years ago, and how far I have already come. I recommend my clients tackle big projects in what I call “manageable chunks.” Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Bit by bit, you will have that novel, that website, or that thriving business.

Think of what you need to do to put in your time. If it is daily writing, set up a way to be accountable for that. If it involves learning more about social media, start posting and following away to get the feel for it. Ask for help — this is one I struggle with personally — when you run into a roadblock.

No review, testimonial, or recommendation can you pat you on the back like you can. Celebrate yourself and the time you have put in already.


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