By the Numbers #sol18
April 2, 2018
10,000 hours, Malcolm Gladwell is quoted as saying in Outliers, makes someone a phenom. 10,000 hours, the magic number of greatness. 10,000 hours is roughly 417 days. One year and nearly two months. Perhaps that really isn’t enough time.
Blogs published to date: 117.
Hours to complete them: roughly 250 hours
I’ve got a long way to go there. I’ve filled a notebook full of ideas. I have a couple of dozen ideas not published or not fully formed or in incubation. What I do know is that practice may not make perfect, but it makes better.
Ballet lessons: 1,560 hours
3 hours a week x 52 weeks x 10 years.
Not Misty Copeland, but I appreciate a beautiful ballet. When I danced every day I was more proficient that the average child by a little. Piano lessons, swimming lessons, all the same. Years of them, but phenom, not so much. But Better.
Consulting with teachers about students: 1,120 hours
100x .5= 5o hours of group consults per year x 8 years at this school = 400 hours
2.5 hours x 4 weeks x 9 months x 8 years = 720 hours.
720 hours + 400 hours= 1,120 hours.
Nowhere near phenom, but a stronger toolbox of strategies, a greater ease, Better.
Teaching 27,000 hours
20 years x 9ish months x 30 days in a month give or take x 5 hours directly a day = 27,000 hours. Finally, a number I can attest to mastery. Perhaps, or maybe still learning, but better.
Practice makes the practitioner more observant. Practice makes the practitioner more comfortable. Practice makes the practitioner more accomplish, but only if they learn from that practice.
What did I learn? Perhaps I learned perseverance. But I learned so much more.
Perhaps there’s some truth to that 10,000 hour mastery rule.
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