I heard the most interesting fact the other day. It takes on average about 10,000 hours of practice and hard work before we can master a something. This can mean anything from winning the World Cup (go USA!), to training for a marathon, or even curating and creating a blog that turns a profit. I love this fact because it puts so much into perspective. I think for most of us we enjoy instant gratification. (Me! me!) We want to try something new and be awesome at it right away, or we look at great athletes or people that have made it seemingly overnight, but we don’t see that hidden 10,000 hours.
I think of all the things I have done in the past, and I do see those hidden hours in just about anything I have worked hard for. My undergrad and grad degrees stick out, but so does my time in the gym to be a better me, as well as all the work I put into my marriage on a daily basis. I don’t think you can truly master anything, because there is always something to learn, but anything worth having is something you have to work for, right?
I love the feeling of accomplishment when I really try hard to be better at something. A lot of the time for me it is partly physical, but mastering something like running longer and faster is really mental for me. Feeling like I can conquer my mind, using willpower and true stubbornness, is part of my 10,000 hours of hard work. And just like anything else, looking at the small parts of a goal is key. 10,000 hours is intimidating, but 1 hour is not.
Tell me, what are you working towards lately?
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