Some say the magical number is 10,000 hours… Some say it’s even as much as 15,000 hours… What am I talking about? I’m talking about competition. Some experts have said that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become one of the best in your own country at your chosen field or sport. Others say that it takes 15,000 hours of practice to become one of the best in the world! So, if you want to be one of the best, get ready to work very hard and long, 10,000-15,000 hours of long and hard.
Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ll be running a Fortune 500 Company or competing in the Olympics. My chosen path in life is much simpler. I imagine yours is too, right? However, we will all eventually become something and do something for a living. So, the question now becomes whether we are also going to need the coveted 10,000 to 15,000 hours of practice in order to be really good at what we do. Hmm… Well, over time, we’re probably racking up that amount of hours anyway if we truly love what we’re doing and stay with it throughout the years. But in the meantime, what can we do to speed up our progress?
Working smarter is a good place to start! Remember, doing the same thing every day equals getting the same results every day. However, doing different things usually equal different results. And doing things better will give us better results. We need to work smarter, not always harder… And this is the secret that the famed post WWII educator, Dr. Deming, taught Japan after WWII and was later shared with the Ford Motor Company in the 1980’s. His advice enabled Japan and Ford to regain its lost status. Dr. Deming created this success by making Japan and then later Ford, look very closely at everything they were doing.
Now teens and even tweens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, progress begins slowly with hard work and many hours of concentrated effort, but is then quickly accelerated with smart work. Take time to reflect, think about your thinking, read books, pick peoples’ minds, and you’ll soon find yourself -cruising in overdrive toward a happy successful life. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…