I checked out Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell from the library this weekend and started reading it last night when I couldn’t sleep. Today, during my lunch break, I read chapter 2 and learned about the 10,000 hour rule. Wikipedia summarizes the rule pretty well:
“Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the ‘10,000-Hour Rule’, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.”
Gladwell says 10,000 hours of practice takes approximately 10 years to complete. It got me thinking about the kind of things I’d want to be a master at in 10 years. One thing that came to mind was, of course, law. The thought of being a master of the law made me think of the movie Law Abiding Citizen, where main character did become a master of the law to use the law for his elaborate revenge. And whatdoyaknow, it took him 10 years. I wonder if the writers knew about this rule or if it was just a happy coincidence.
Anyway, here are some of the things I thought about being a master at in no particular order:
– law (estate planning)
– personal finance (comprehensive)
– the bible
– event planning
– writing (blogs & articles)
– shopping (finding the best deals)
– public speaking/hosting
– reading/writing Chinese
– American & European history
What would you like to be a master at in 10 years?