You may be wondering - what's the deal with these two numbers?
Some say that practice, 10,000 hours of practice, is what it takes to get really good at something. This idea that good old fashioned time, patience, and hard work can lead to success - gives me hope. Even if something is hard at first - like the first mile of training for a marathon is hard - if I keep at it day after day, mile after mile, eventually, I'll get to the finish line. It's just a matter of practice. And the expectation is, you need to put in the time.
Then, there are some who believe there can be a faster way to achieve anything. Life Hacks. The phrase has become so popular its been added to the dictionary. Life Hack: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way. There's a life hack for everything - fold a shirt in 2 seconds! or stop pimples by sleeping with a fresh towel over your pillow! Become an expert at ____ in 4 hours! Really? The lazy me is like - YES!
In the Middle
But honestly, I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. There are some of us who may need 10,000 hours and some of us who will need 4 hours to reach expert status. No matter what - we all have to work at it and we all have to want it.
It's already the third week of school and I strongly believe that all of you are on your way to becoming expert ... readers =) Beyond that - stop and also think about your life's journey. From here to your culmination next year and then from there to high school and then beyond.
How many hours will you put into your academic growth? How many hours will you spend on your passions in life? What matters to you?