Yesterday, I met with my cousin in Pancake House to discuss something about his business. As we conversed, our topic went to mastery. He mentioned that his partners are masters of their own crafts.
One of his partners is the operations manager of their business. 10 years ago he was called a carpenter, now he is called a Master Builder.
His other partner is the marketing manager. 10 years ago he was called a marketer, now he is called a Master Salesman.
Oh, one of his employees is a master too! Yesterday he was called a professional bum, today he is called a DOTA Master! (Just kidding)
My cousin said that it is because they spent 10,000 hours in their respective professions. One mastered the making of modular cabinets, tables and chairs. The other mastered the art of selling and negotiating the contracts. No wonder, their business of making modular cabinets, tables and chairs is prospering. They can transform your room into a library, make your restaurant more fun with their chairs, and your work space classy with their customized tables.
That made me pause for a moment. Sure I have heard of the 10,000-Hour Rule before. I have heard it in the seminars that I attended and in my conversations with like-minded friends. Malcolm Gladwell also repeatedly mentioned it in his book Outliers. But this time I felt different. As I sipped my coffee, I thought deeply.
I’m not a master of anything, yet!!!
The idea really bugged me. I need to spend 10,000 hours writing, speaking and storytelling in order to be an expert writer, speaker and storyteller!
If I spend 1 hour per day, I’d be an expert in 27 years.
If I spend 3 hours per day, I’d be an expert in 9 years.
If I spend 5 hours per day, I’d be an expert in 5 years!!!
I looked at what I’m doing every day. Perhaps half of my time is spent playing Clash of Clans, Heroes of the Dragon Age, and Hay Day; and the remaining half is spent hopping from one web page to another and before I know it, the day is over. Okay, that may be an exaggeration. But I’m really guilty of it.
If I keep doing what I’m doing, I’d be an expert in Clash of Clans in no time. But that’s far from what I want to be. I want to be an effective writer, speaker, and storyteller!
It was a wake-up call for me. I know I need to re-align my priorities if I really want to succeed. I know I’ve got to change.
At this point, you probably already know the secret to master your craft. That is to spend 10,000 hours doing what you want to master. Come to think of it, spending 8,000 or even 2,000 hours is already awesome!
“A goal is a dream with a deadline” – Napoleon Hill
Every day, we are getting a step closer to our death. We do not even know how close we are. It could be 50 years, 10 years or even a day close. We might as well make good use of our time so that when we come face to face with our Creator, we can say, “Dad, I made use of my time wisely.” And we can hear Him say, “Well done my faithful child.”
That said, I ask these questions to you (and me). After answering, let’s get moving.
What do you want to be called 5, 10 or 27 years from now?
What are you willing to let go in order to pursue mastery? (Is it your TV, Facebook or playing time?)
And what will you do every day in order to achieve your dreams?
Please share in the comment section.
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