What do you want to do with your life?
Do you want to make a big impact, or do you want to continue being invisible and unknown?
If you dream of breaking free, this is for you.
If you want to step out of the shadows into the light, this is for you.
But maybe you have doubts about your ability to stand out.
Maybe you think you don’t have what it takes.
Or that people will laugh at you and your big dreams.
But the truth is, you can do it.
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But how can you make your seed of greatness grow, and how long will it take?
Okay, so let’s talk numbers.
Does it really take years or decades to develop greatness?
Or it possible to emerge out of obscurity and make it big in just one year?
I’ll say more about this in a moment. Let’s first consider the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule.
Does the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule apply to you?
In his book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell put forward the theory that in order to develop greatness, you need to devote at least 10 thousand hours to practice.
Let’s take a look at what this would mean for you, starting now. If this rule were true–and you wanted to achieve greatness in one year, you would have to practice for 27 hours a day…!
Let’s crunch some more numbers according to this rule. Let’s say you want to take your time.
In order to achieve greatness, you’d have to practice for one hour each day of the week for 27 years to notch up 10,000 hours. No break, no holiday, just a seven-year grind.
Seven years! Do YOU want to take that long?
Luckily, the rule has been debunked. It doesn’t hold true in all circumstances.
Four problems with the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule
Daniel Goleman, the author of Focus, the Hidden Driver of Excellence debunks the 10-thousand year rule, pointing out four flaws.
1. Why practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect
If you are a duffer at golf, say, and make the same mistakes every time you try a certain swing or putt, 10,000 hours of practicing that error will not improve your game. You’ll still be a duffer, albeit an older one. – D. Goleman
This is an important point! If you make mistakes and reinforce them through practice, you’ll never get good at what you’re doing. Just imagine completing your seven-year grind only to find you were practicing mistakes!
2. The rule only applies to slow-developing areas of expertise
This second point means that the rule of 10-thousand hours only applies to areas of learning that remain mostly constant over time.
Take sport, surgery, or music, for example. I know about music first-hand because my first career was as a professional flutist.
If you want to become a professional musician, you need to practice for hours on end each day. Your practice routines includes tone studies, technical exercises, and repertoire study. The kind of practice you need to put in as a musician is reasonably constant over time and hasn’t changed much in the last decade or so.
In contrast, as a web designer or blogger, you’d be left behind if you didn’t adapt to the continually evolving challenges of the Internet.
That’s why it’s much easier to become proficient in a fast-developing area of expertise, instead of choosing a traditional area where 10,000 hours of practice is mandatory.
3. Why mindless practice is a problem
As Goleman points out, the key to gaining expertise is to strengthen older brain circuits and build new ones for the particular skill you want to develop.
But for this growth to happen, you need to focus.
When practice occurs while we are focusing elsewhere, the brain does not rewire the relevant circuitry for that particular routine. – D.Goleman
In other words, mindless practice is a waste of time.
4. Practice without feedback leads to ingrained mistakes.
Have you ever experienced that feedback from an expert made all the difference? I have. Because in the field of music, the difference between mediocrity and excellence lies to a great extent in the quality of the teacher you’re studying with.
In my experience, getting feedback is the most important aspect of exponential success.
The secret of winning is “deliberate practice,” where an expert coach takes you through a well-designed training over months or years. – D.Goleman
So what does this mean for you?
If you consider the research I lay out above, there are three points to take away if you want to take a shortcut to greatness.
- Choose a fast-moving area of expertise, like becoming a major player on the Net. In fact, the fastest way to dominate online is by creating an outstanding blog.
- Get feedback. Choose a type of training where you get personal feedback (like you would in the A-List Blogging Masterclass). And if you’re really serious about accelerating your journey, enrol in a one-to-one mentoring program.
- Take action. Most people have dreams of greatness–but don’t take action. The key to reaching greatness fast is to take action today. Not tomorrow or the next day, or next month.
What action should you take today?
Take time out to reflect, and answer these two questions:
Do you really want to achieve greatness this year?
How much time, energy and money are you willing to invest to fast-track your path to greatness?
In the next post I’ll outline exactly what to do to become a dominant blogger this year.
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy creating a new tool for bloggers who want to crush it this year. It’s a cutting-edge bonus course in the A-List Blogging Masterclass, called the Traffic Avalanche Strategy.
I’ve road-tested this strategy myself and was able to increase traffic to a blog by 503% in just one week! It’s a fantastic new strategy to jumpstart your blog (however big or small it is) and become a dominant blogger.
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Early on in this article I posed the question:
Is it possible to emerge out of obscurity and make it big in just one year?
What’s the answer?
Yes, it’s definitely possible!
Of course, it depends on the area of expertise you choose. Traditional, highly skilled careers, like becoming an Olympic athlete or a world-renowned heart surgeon need decades of training.
But the really amazing opportunities lie online. That’s were you can find shortcuts to greatness.
Just as I did. I went from knowing nothing about blogging to creating a six-figure business in just nine months!
It didn’t come easy; it was hard work. And it wasn’t straightforward either. It was a stressful but exciting time.
Finally, I pulled it off.
These days, it’s easier to achieve such results–if you get top training and jumpstart your blog, by using the Traffic Avalanche Strategy.
Thoughts, questions? Please share in the comments below.
About the Author:
Mary Jaksch has helped thousands of students successfully create outstanding and profitable blogs. Grab her FREE report, How to Write Like an A-List Blogger. Mary is Editor-in-Chief of WritetoDone.com and is the blogger behind Goodlife ZEN.
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