Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent read. It’s a book about how extraordinary people become so. One discovery is that it takes approximately 10,000 hours for one to become an expert in something. The Beatles had played over ten thousand hours together before really making it anywhere in show business. They were playing in no-name joints, developing their unique style and becoming expert stage performers. At a young age, Bill Gates was enrolled in a private school that had a teletype machine (back when he was 13). He spend free time programming with his friends. Bill allegedly skipped his Harvard classes from time to time in order to spend more time with his friend, Paul Allen, in the computer lab. Timing is everything as well. Bill had more access to computers than most other people of his time.
What have you done for over 10,000 hours other than sleeping and eating? Where do you win in timing? What makes it unique?
(photo of woman at Abu Shouk Women’s Center, by Sudan Envoy)