9992 hours

“An extraordinarily consistent answer in an incredible number of fields … you need to have practiced, to have apprenticed, for 10,000 hours before you get good.” – Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers. 

I often wonder what it would look like if I had given 10,000 hours to something. 10,000 hours seems like such a long time, but given our life span is it really? 

10K hours = 1250 - 8 hour work days
1250 days = 250 work weeks - 40 a week
250 weeks = 5 years or 50 weeks a year

Working full time for 5 years you can go from nothing to something. Now obviously this principle is meant to simplify a complex idea that in order to be good, if not great, at something that natural ability requires a huge investment of time in order to become something more.

This week I have been wrestling with the idea of how many different things I have invested 9,992 hours in and stopped just 1 day short of getting good at it?

What if . . . Who cares?! One can not live in the world of what if's. The past can not be changed but rather only built upon. In the last week a laundry list of things have come to mind of jobs I have held, side hustles I have started and new endeavors I looked into that have all stalled out or been abandoned before the 5 year mark. 

For a few days I was caught up on the fact that I stopped 8 hours short of being good at something.

Today a light went off.

I may only need 8 more hours to be good at something. 

All the pieces of the puzzle are there, and yeah it might take more than 8 hours, but the puzzle can be finished because a tremendous amount of work has already been done. 

Over the last year and a half I lost sight of how much work I had done in so many different areas, but instead focused on what was missing. Time to flip that story on its head and focus on building towards the legacy I want to leave rather than the false cracks in my foundation.