Based in Vancouver, Canada, this is a blog by Michael Argast. My areas of interest include travel, economics, technology, the environment, personal development and other eclectic topics.

10,000 hours?

In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the need to put in the work in order to achieve world-class status. The core concepts are this:

Starting earlier gives some people a head start which makes a difference when looking at things like sports, etc.

It isn't enough to put in the hours - you need to develop yourself mindfully - good training, coaching, etc make a big difference here.

Warren Buffet is a world-leading investor because he spends tons of time AND has a set of principles that serve him well. It isn't just the hours, it's the approach.

The Beatles went through the crucible of playing clubs in Germany for countless hours and refined their sound and skills at a young age, and that served them well. But they also had poet-songwriters who helped make them iconic. 

I find it instrumental to look at individuals (Taylor Swift, Elon Musk, Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson) who play at a whole other level. It's about the skills, the ability and willingness to consistently reinvent oneself.

Maybe it isn't just about the 10,000 hours, but the willingness to take risks and chances and fail forward.

What are you working on? How are you growing? How are you going to become the best at what you do? Or at a minimum, the best you?

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