How to be excellent Pt. 3

Do what you love

Do what you love

Most of us would like to be great at something. Now that we know how other achievers have done it, what can we do to join them?

One approach is to choose a field and practice for 10,000 hours. In your ideal profession, 40 hours a week over five years gives 10,000 hours.

Other pursuits can be more difficult. Sports, art, writing, parenting – just to name a few; if you’re not able to do them full time then logging the hours will take longer. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, particularly when you enjoy the process. Or, if you don’t need to be the best, you can enjoy it without the need to master anything.

Or we can look at the question in reverse. Where have you already logged 10,000 hours of practice? What is it that you do really well? What tasks do you perform so well that people ask, ‘How did you do that?’


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