Ten thousand hours.

If any of you have read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, you recognize the phrase ten thousand hours. According to many studies, ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good,” Malcolm states in the book.

In journalism school, our professors always urged us to write, write, write –keep writing until you get enough words under your belt to actually start being a writer.

Don’t I know it.

How many steps does it take to achieve exercise nirvana? Ten thousand. A doable thing.

If you’ve been writing an hour a day, every day for a year –you’d have hit ten thousand hours in a smidge more than 27 years.

I’m several years over. Does this mean I can start being a great writer?

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2 thoughts on “Ten thousand hours.

  1. Janet says:

    That’s great! In my experience, the result of putting in the time to a writing practice becomes the miracle of it – all of a sudden, you find you have something profound to say.

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