As Good as you Think

December 5, 2012 – 12:54 pm

Big discussion blowing up regarding my comments on using 10,000 hours to achieve significant goals. One poster remarked, “Not everyone is like you. What normal person would waste 10,000 hours doing mindless repetitions to achieve some goal?”

Firstly, it’s 10,000 QUALITY hours or “deep practice” (as described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”) which will be required. You’ll need to go through much more than those 10K in order to earn 10K quality. Amateur practice until they get it right; masters, until they get it wrong. It’s about pushing the boundary of quality quantity.

Secondly, let us clarify only 10,000 mindful hours can achieve a significant goal. No amount of time wasted in mindless repetition will achieve anything of significance. The difficulty in achieving significant goals is not in the time invested; which is just a prerequisite commitment.

The challenge regards remaining mindful during each repetition; As mindless minutes repeated only begets more mindlessness not greater improvement.

The reason that more people do not achieve significant goals in their lives has no relation to some special ability to perform automatic tasks.

The real reason is we neglect to view our mind and in particular our awareness as “muscles” which must be disciplined with proper technique exercised with consistent intensity, and recoverably adapted with greater strength and stamina.

This is the brilliant awe-striking feature of our human existence: anyone can achieve anything with this formula… And no government regulation, no expert opinion, no contrary resistance to your potential, no currently believed tendency or habit can stop you.

As Calvin Coolidge said, “Only persistence and determination are omnipotent.” Be mindful, for you shall never be any greater than you think you are.

Very respectfully,
Scott Sonnon

  1. One Response to “As Good as you Think”

  2. a great reminder. thank you.

    By john on Dec 5, 2012

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