Where Will You Spend Your Next 10,000 Hours?

Last week, while listening to a power talk by Bro. Bo Sanchez, he mentioned the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. So, I remembered the 10,000 Hour Rule…again. The 10,000 Hour Rule says that if you want to be successful at something, you have to spend at least 10,000 hours practicing it.

In his book, Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of how the the Beatles became “The Beatles” and how Bill Gates, well, became “Bill Gates.”

First, before The Beatles burst into the American music scene in 1964, they played roughly 1,200 times in bars and clubs in Hamburg, Germany from 1960 to 1962. Concerts usually last two to three hours. If you’re lucky, your favorite artist or band will play a little over three hours. But, The Beatles’ performances in Germany lasted over eight hours! Multiply that to 1,200 performances, you get roughly 10,000 hours.

Second, in 1968, when colleges didn’t even have computers of their own, Bill Gates was an eighth grader who had an opportunity to learn programming in his school at Lakeside. Later, he would program during the slack period of machines in the University of Washington. That period was from three to six in the morning. Bill Gates would wake up very early in the morning and walk or ride a bus to the University of Washington. His mother would know only later why he had trouble getting up in the morning. In more or less five years, even before the age of twenty, Bill Gates had already logged in more than 10,000 hours practicing his craft.

The Beatles spent their 10,000 hours practicing their music. Bill Gates spent his 10,000 hours programming. Now, The Beatles and Bill Gates are the among the most successful bands and entrepreneurs, respectively, in history.

How about you? Have you found your own thing? Have you decided where you want to succeed? Have you figured out where you will spend your next 10,000 hours?


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