Tuesday, October 5, 2010

10,000 hour rule

Practice makes perfect!  Anytime I hear this phrase I think about my mother making me practice the piano as a kid and she would set a little timer to make sure I got my full hour of practicing time in.  Little did she know I would sneak into the kitchen were the timer was and I would take off about 30 minutes. :)  

I 'm reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and in order to become an expert in a field you need roughly 10,000 hours of practice which equates to bout 10 years.  I think I played the piano about 7-8 years and I was never very good at it, because I never really wanted to be and I never put in the time to practice. 

Painting and drawing on the other hand, I was all about.  My mother would give me money for an after school snack and I would just use the money to buy art supplies.  I remember that I asked my mother if I could take an art class and my mother told me "No, you are just going to quit like you quit ballet."  I think I lasted 1 month in ballet when the teacher put me in the back of the class. 

I wonder how close or far I am to my 10,000 hours. 
 

6 comments:

cindy said...

can that 10,000 hours be converted into dog years ;)? what's with the number 10,000 anyway? ansel adams said a photographers first 10,000 photos will be their worst. ugh!

Erika Lee Sears said...

There is a few studies on just the amount of time alone it takes to be considered an expert- in the book he analyzes Bill Gates and other billionaires in their youth and how they were able to reach their success at an early age and how they reached their 10,000.

It should be transferred into dog years and then I would be there! :)

Michelle Brunner said...

Wow, this book sounds super interesting. You always have the best book recommends! I think I have a couple thousand more hours to go for sure!

Heartfire At Home said...

That would be a very interesting book. All Malcolm's stuff is great... I especially like 'The Tipping Point'.

I so admire the people at the top of their game who've put in that many hours... they deserve success.

I've done an awful lot of playing around with colour and heaps of decorating in my time, but I don't know if I'd be anywhere near that!

Linda.

P.S. That pug is sooooo cute!

Erika Lee Sears said...

:) He is one my little monsters :)

Tracey said...

Mmm, 10 000 hours? That's a really interesting figure. I think I'd better start doing some serious calculations! ;)


PS.(I'm thinking your full-time artist journey is really inspirational as I'm looking to eventually move to full time writing).