10,000 hours to get to genius-level

I’ve read in the winter of 2008 an article about getting to be a genius: “You too can be a genius (if you can spare 10,000 hours)” (Daily Mail).

I kept thinking about that article, and I want to share it with you. Here come my thoughts on this article.

The article says in a nutshell that with about 10,000 hours of practice, one can get to the top in their chosen discipline. That’s it. 10,000 hours of practice, and you get to genius level.

Sure, the article claims, both talent and luck are important too, but the most important criteria is just working hard.

Why is this so important? Simply put, it gives me a reason to continue to struggle for a better me. A lust for self-development, a dare for a better me, a hard work to become the professional that I need to be. All it takes is a lot of effort. That’s it.

What’s 10,000 hours? If one works about 8 hours a day, it would take an average worker about five years to get to 10,000 working hours.

But if you only count the time worked in a day, not travelling, not doing training, not doing networking, that period of time might increase.

On the other hand, if one works extra hours, in the evenings and week-ends, that period of time might also be a bit shorter.

But the bottom line is just great: there’s hope for getting there. One can get to genius level.

One can be a master in his domain with just about 10,000 of hours worked.

The news made me feel so good. How about you?

I am a Digital Marketing freelancer. My expertise is in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) / UX (user experience) / WordPress. Co-founder of lumeaseoppc.ro (series of events on SEO & PPC) and cetd.ro (Book on branding for MDs). On a personal level, I like self-development - events, sports, healthy living, volunteering, reading, watching movies, listening to music.

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