My husband always talks to me about the 10,000 hour-rule. It’s a theory that says we can become experts at anything by just committing 10,000 hours to it. I thought about how that relates to another theory that says we don’t just end up anywhere in life. Instead we work very hard to get where we are in life. Wherever that may be. Whether we are on top of the world like Beyonce, The Dali Lama, Will Smith, & Bill Gates or whether we are struggling to eat and to find happiness. This theory of putting 10,000 hours to get to where we are in life seems to make a bunch of sense to me, so I try not to put energy toward the areas where I struggle. We put in hours of expertise by what we say, what we believe, what we watch on T.V., what we listen to, who we surround ourselves with. Those are hours of expertise.
For instance, in the example in an earlier post where I talked about not being able to go to Blogalicious, I had to pull out my appreciation journal to write about all that I was thankful for in my life, since I had that feeling of “I really don’t appreciate, not getting my money in time.” I did that exercise to put hours in the appreciation expertise and to stop myself from putting hours in the unappreciative expertise. I don’t want to end up two or three years down the line having good things in my life and feeling like I have nothing good all because I’ve become and expert in being unappreciative. That exercise had immediate results. I immediately decided to be constructive and to stop sulking and my weekend turned out to be the one I was looking for to put me back in the jewelry game:)
So I look at my life and I am proud of being an expert in cooking, in educating my children, in loving my husband, in jewelry design, however, I am also an expert in fussing and yelling. I need to work on taking another approach in communicating, so that I don’t end up being a fussy old expert.
One great thing about this theory is that anything you want to get into, all you need to do is to start putting in your hours. If you want to be a doctor, start putting in your hours reading biology physiology books, medical school requirements, and scholarships available, and by the time you get to 10,000 hours you will probably be that doctor. Tell me what you think of this theory? What you are an expert in? I’d love to hear.