I didn’t pluck the 10,000 hours figure from thin air. The number is actually from a book titled “Outliers: The Story of Success”, written by Malcolm Gladwell. Well, I didn’t complete the book because it is not exactly easy to read for my standards. But that one concept did resonate with me.
Looking back to my previous job as an example, I would say that the 10,000 hours rule is a pretty good rule of thumb to achieving some form of results in something. In the first 3 years of my previous job, there were so many things that I don’t know. It was only through practice day after day for those 3 years and learning through my mistakes that I managed to become better. And at the end of the 4th year, I even took on a coaching kind of role to help others through that steep learning curve I faced when I started on the job.
And the same 10,000 hours rule holds true to why I failed in certain areas. One instance would be learning the piano. I could never put in the hours to practise the same song over and over again. Because I didn’t put in the full hours and effort, the Universe simply couldn’t reward me in return. Till date, I still add my own spin to the music pieces, making them unrecognisable from the original pieces. I would want to call it artistry but my brothers think I’m creating noise when I play the piano.
So, applying the 10,000 hours rule to my doodling, this means it may take 1,000 days or 33 months or 2.7 years before I see any form of results from my doodles, and this is provided that I set aside 10 hours of doodle time each day. It’s daunting, I know! But I suppose there is no easy way to this. If anyone has a better way to do it, I’m all ears!
On the positive side, I only have 31 more months to go! *Gulp*