How Long Does it Take to Be Great at What You Do?

How long does to be great at what you do?  For some people, it comes more easily while for others not so much. According to a recent article, it actually takes about 10,000 hours, or what researchers have named “The 10-year rule.” According to researchers, they say it will take at least that long of consistent, determined and focused attention to your craft (Gladwell).  I think that can give hope that it’s ok to not push the agenda to gain wisdom and experience in your area too soon, meaning that you can move up the ladder but not until you have spent sufficient time and effort.  Gaining experience while you are being diligent and task-oriented will typically lead to competence, wisdom and maturity in your area of expertise but in time.  Maybe this info can help to get you reengaged in the work you do, as well as be a challenge for you. Greatness is yours – if you’re willing to put in the time and work.

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. 

To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” Pearl S. Buck)


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