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Ten Thousand Hours





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             Ten Thousand Hour Rule

"Donald Matthews will be a great writer when he suffers more."  ~The Movie, 5 Heartbeats 

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M. Le'Mont

I agree  with the above quote that you can become a great writer when you have experienced some heartache and pain. But on the other hand, to really master the art of writing you must put in 10,000 hours of hard work and practice.    

In his book the 
Tipping Point Malcom Gladwell said,  "Practice isn't the thing you do once ... on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”  The business study revealed it takes 10,000 hours
master a trade and become an expert. 


          The Tipping Point  

If you want to become a great writer then you must put in 10,000 hours in the shortest span of time, so it can have the greatest effect on your writing skills.

There's a  scene from the Matrix where NEO, which means the ONE (scrambled letters) was on the rooftop dodging bullets.


Trinity asked, how did you do

NEO:  Did what?

Trinity: You move like they do.
I've never seen anybody move that fast.

NEO: It wasn't fast enough.

Can you fly that thing? (helicopter)

Trinity: Not yet.

Tank:  Operator, may I help

Trinity:  I need a pilot program for a B2-12 helicopter.  

In an
instant Trinity got a program sent to her brain

to fly the helicopter.

Now folks let's be real that only happens in the movies!

There's no telepathic program you can send to your head to learn something. There's no corners you can cut. You must dig in and practice over and over again until you master your trade.

10,000 hours

Most people want something for nothing, and quit long before they master anything.  The only 10,000 hours that most people complete in their lifetime is sitting in rush hour traffic:

3 hours a day x 5 days=15 hrs a week x 4 weeks=60 hours a month= 720 hours a year x 13.888 years=10,000 hours.  So the only thing they master is driving a car in a rush hour traffic.  It's sad but it's true.

Some of the top athletes like, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger Woods logged in 10,000 hours of hard work and dedication to mastering their trade with income commensurate to their skill level.

Let's compare the 10,000 hour rule to that of a Private Airplane Pilot.

The FAA requires students to have a minimum of 40 hours flight time.The national average is 60 to 70 hours.

And for Commercial Airlines the FAA require 1,500 hours of flight time.

Both positions are a far cry from the  10,000 hour rule.

And what about a surgeon, after completing  four years undergraduate and four years medical school, he's still not a master of his trade until he gets 10,000 hours of surgery under his belt.

Who would you rather have operating on you a rookie fresh out of med school, or a surgeon that has performed over 10,000 surgeries?

But most people write a book with the expectation of
becoming a famous author
overnight without logging in
the 10,000 hours to master their

If you spend 10 hours a day practicing, that's 300 hours
a month, 
or 3,600 hours a year.  

In 3 years, you would have logged in 10,800 hours and
consider yourself a master.

You start off making exactly what you're economically

That may sound harsh, but the more you learn the
more you earn.

The 10,000 hour Rule is a sure fire way of separating the
winners from the losers

How many hours have you completed as a writer or author?  Don't guess figure it up---that is...if you want to be great.

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