10,000 hours

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers where he brings up the idea of practicing something for 10,000 hours, and now I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities of practicing something for 10,000 hours.

This theory, from what I understand, suggest that if one deliberately practices something for 10,000 hours, they will reach a mastery level. I looked up the report written by a few psychologist back in 1993, but it was a 44 page document and I didn’t want to read it, so I realize I am only understanding their theory on a surface level, but I like the idea anyway. Sure there is much to debate about the theory. My husband and I have discussed it at length talking about the what we agreed with and disagreed with this 10,000 hour practice to mastery theory idea.

But the thing is, there is something that draws me into this 10,000 hour thing, like standing next to a cliff and inching closer and closer wanting to just see a little further. It sounds like a ridiculous idea, but I just want to try it for myself. So I started doing the math trying to figure out how how many years it would take me to practice writing for 10,000 hours.

Writing and articulating ideas and thoughts is a skill I want to develop. It’s not just my writing that I want to develop, I also want to increase my ability to think critically and analytically. I want to develop my ability to articulate my thoughts in a way that is engaging and that causes others to think. I want to develop my ability to express my thoughts and ideas. So my goal is to write for 10,000 hour, at least one hour every day. It’s through writing that I can develop my writing, but it’s also through writing that I can develop my thinking.

Starting today (July 30, 2019), if I write every day for an hour I will reach 10,000 hours on Friday December 14, 2046, in 27 years. I will be 68 years old. Right now, today it sounds like a fun project to take on. But will I really write every day for an hour? Is an hour even long enough? I’m great at short term projects, but long term projects have never been my strength. But my curiosity is stirred. When 2046 rolls around and I look back over that last 27 years will I see any benefits that I can attribute to my 10,000 hour project? I guess we’ll see.

I’m also placing bets on how long I last.