When asked, most people say they want to be successful. But what is success? And is there a single factor that distinguishes successful people from others.
Merriam-Webster defines success as the desired result of an attempt or achieving wealth, respect, or fame. But that’s just one definition. We all have our definitions of what success is. Still most of us can agree that success, is the result of some type of achievement. So what does success have to do with the title of this post, Time…The Golden Rule for Success? Glad you asked! J
In his book, Outliers: The Stories of Success, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His conclusion, it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly master a skill, be it playing the violin, computer programming, or skateboarding. Simply put, the “Outliers” the most successful people, have put in the time.
Gladwell isn’t the only one who believes this. We’ve heard variations of the 10,000 hour rule all of our lives…”practice is everything, practice makes perfect, failure to practice and prepare is preparing to fail, etc”. So to some degree, we’ve been taught form an early age to believe practice or work ethic makes perfect or will lead to success. Now, armed with Gladwells book, we have an idea of how much practice is required.
I was first introduced to this 10,000 hour principle while listening to Eric Thomas, (etinspires.com) whose life is a testament of how practice and persistence can yield success. Since then, it’s like I hear about this 10,000 hour principle from everyone. Will Smith, one of my favorite actors said “Talent is Overrated”. According to Will, it’s important to separate the perception of talent and skill. Talent is natural and skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating up on your craft. Thus, talent will fail you, if you’re not skilled and becoming better every day.
So if 10,000 hours (about 1 year and 51 days total) is the golden rule, How many hours a day should you practice? Keeping in mind that 5 years of full time experience (40 hours a week) = 10000 hours. Should we be spending 3 hours? 6 hours? 9 hours? 12 hours? Well, according to Dr. Noa Kageyama, who addressed this question in an article written last year, the number of hours will vary according to professions. Dr. Noa Kageyama, also referenced the research of Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, the world’s leading authority on this subject (his research is the basis for the “ten-year rule” and “10,000-hour rule”), who says the real key is not the amount of practice required but the type of practice. In other words, just practicing any old way doesn’t cut it.
After devoting hours trying to find a clear cut answer to this subject… how to follow The Golden Rule for Success, I’ve come to the conclusion that like most things in life, there is no black and white answer. However everyone seems to agree that “a whole lot of structured/ perfect practice is required”. I guess our take away should be that the 10,000 hour rule, even if it isn’t 100% accurate helps us set proper expectations. We know that practice plays a major role in success and that just any kind of practice will not cut it. I believe we could all benefit from a 10,000 hour challenge. I’m also confident that an increase in structured practice above and beyond what we already do will serve us well. What do you think?
They say the world is in your hand
Will you make room for me
I'm not perfect
But from time to time I've shown decency
I will not vow or act like I'm trying to be a priest or pope
But I need you
Grant me your favor
I'm facing hell
I need hope
Perhaps you have something to lend or bestow upon me
The winds are raging and it's raining
And I can barely see
A coat of confidence would work
If you have one to spare
But anything from you will do because without you I'm bare
There is a mountain in front of me
Somebody said that you can move it
But you know me... I'm crazy
I want you to walk me through it
I've fought this fight for 3 years
Blood sweat and tears to reach this shore
Your purpose fueled my every action
Right now I need a little more
You set the Bar
You set the moon and every star in its place
I know that if I roll with you
You can take me outer space
So right now
I respectfully request- Power and Grace
To win this war, conquer this challenge
So I can take my place
In your purpose
As Les Brown put it in one of his famous motivational messages, “Life is a fight for territory, once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over”. This quote begs a simple question. What are you fighting for? Think for a second. What’s on your agenda today? If you are like most people there is probably work, school, homework, chores, and if you have children, all of the other responsibilities that come along with raising a family. Let’s not forget some of things you “must do”, like watching your favorite reality show, working out, dating, or spending time with your significant other. This list just goes on and on. But what about your goals? What about your dreams? How much time are you spending pursuing those things? How many moments of your waking hours are devoted to fighting for the life you dream to live? If you are like most people, you probably have not set aside any time at all.
Life can beat us up with its constant demands for time. Everyone wants your time. But you must realize that time, not money, is your most precious resource. So if you dream of a great relationship with an amazing person, you must devote time to building that relationship. What about the job you’ve always wanted, the career change, your dream of being an entrepreneur, the vacation you’ve always wanted to take, or if you are like me, a life in which you are finically free to wake up and do whatever you want to do? Well, I’m here to tell you that regardless of what you desire, or what you have been dreaming about, now is the time. It’s time to start fighting for what you want. Start today. Set aside 15 or 30 minutes and start working on realizing your goals. Do this on a daily basis. And as days progress you should start to spend more time focusing on your dreams and goals. Turn your down time into grind time. Zig Ziglar said, what you do from 8am until 5pm is important, but what you for from 5pm until 8am the next morning will determine the course of your life. In other words, what you do off the job and in the evenings will determine how far you will go on the job or in any other endeavor in life. Your free time is your most valuable time.
Join me, let’s make this “week end” a new beginning. Let’s reignite our flames. Let’s get back in the fight. Let’s pursue our dreams and goals. “Life is not about the haves and have nots, it is about the wills and will nots”, Les Brown. Start focusing on what you want and watch those things expand. You are an amazing person. The extraordinary life you’ve always wanted to live awaits you. All it takes is a little extra. Extra time planning and working and fighting for your dreams and goals. Remember, “Life is a fight for territory once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over”. If you are alive, you still some fight left in you. What are you fighting for?
Last night I knocked on heaven's door
An angel let me in
My soul smiled as it was charmed by the brilliance of her grin
Her delicate grace was warm
A peace that I have never tasted
Passion cried with tears of joy as I experienced amazing
I danced with the universe
I touched a dream that I've been chasing
She painted pictures in my eyes and gave them permanent places
I was seduced by the hues in all the art she created
Last night a rainbow shinned
I came alive in her vibration
She provoked my consciousness which had yearned to expand
And gave rise to my intentions to be all that I can
She led me to her essence deep beneath her outer beauty
And spoke a language I never knew that seemed to come right to me
Last night I slept with poetry
I dove into her love
My ambition found it's home in the embrace of her hug
She made me understand how I had been living my life lost
last night my purpose was conceived
And I began to walk
I fell in love with possibility and married a dream
She gave me hope to believe in myself - now I'm a king
Confidence was my cure
My pain has been relieved
I spent a fortune of time allowing life to lead me
I'm in control now
I glow now
I slow dance with the wind
I sleep with joy every night
Happiness is my friend
My self esteem was nervous
Until my purpose became clear
"To be myself, Love myself, Love Life, and Lose Fear"
You are here for a reason
Search your soul
Find your Gold - (your passion, talent, things that make you smile)
And share it with the world!!!!