“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ” ~William Penn
730 hours in a month
168 hours in a week
24 hours in a day
Now, have you ever heard of the five-hour rule? If not, don’t worry found out about it a few months ago myself. Many world leaders and extremely successful people, despite being super busy, set a minimum of 1 hour each day to educating themselves through some form of personal development. They spend five hours per week doing activities that you can call deliberate learning. Performers spend double that practising their skills. These practices can include reading, reflecting, experimenting to see what works and what does or practising their craft to make them better at what they do.
Researchers believe it takes 10,000 hours of studying something to make you an expert in that field, but this can vary depending on your field of expertise because obviously, some people need more time than others. For instance, a scientist needs more time experimenting on a formula than a ballerina needs perfecting a dance move.
I can now honestly say I’m an expert Mom! With two teenagers I’ve spent more than my 10,000 hours in study, practice and experimenting.
On a serious note. Being good something is more than just planning, it’s making the first step in doing it. Being great in something takes more than starting, you have to continue work on your craft. Let’s face it, even the best athlete prepares himself for the game through practice, studying his opponent or competitor and listening to their coach or advisor.
If you were to reflect on your life and write down what you do every hour of each day, how will you stack up? Are you an expert, on your way to becoming an expert? Or Just shooting the breeze watching life pass by?
Make those hours count!
©Etta D. Richards