Home > Inspirational > 10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

It has been estimated that it takes about 10,000 hours to become a true master at a given skill.  The amazing thing is that this seems to be consistent regardless of what skill you might be considering. 

If we consider learning a new skill, the numbers look like this:

If you practice 5 hours per day, 5 days per week, you are getting 25 hours of skill development per week.  If you continue 50 weeks out of the year, at the end of the year you’ll have 1250 hours of practice.  At this rate, it will take you eight years to become a master.

5 hours * 5 days * 50 weeks * 8 years = 10,000 hours of practice.

This may sound daunting, or even disturbing, as eight years is a long time to look forward, especially if you’re just starting out.  But I prefer to turn this around and view it from a different perspective:

If I choose a field I love, and find profitable work, I know that in about eight years I’ll be very, very good at what I do.  Whether I’m 15, 25, or 55, I still have the opportunity to excel at something I love to do.

In this time of economic uncertainty, many people are struggling to find a new direction.  If this is you, I suggest you choose a path doing something you enjoy.  Set some easy goals to get yourself started and gain momentum.  Make sure to celebrate the small victories up front. 

But don’t delay, the hours go by fast.

Street Drummer photo_2379_20070415

Categories: Inspirational Tags:
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.