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Are You An Outlier?

There are times in our lives when we are faced with challenges that feel are so insurmountable staying in bed with a pillow over our heads seems like a more viable and enticing option.

Why is it that some people seem to always get past those challenges, even experience amazing success with what appears to be little effort?  It is because they are “Outliers”.  An Outlier, as defined in the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, are those who have succeeded to the highest levels of achievement through hours and hours of time invested in their craft.  The typical Outlier is one who has spent over 10,000 practicing and developing their skills.

How long is 10,000 hours of practice?

  • six hours a day for five years, or
  • three hours a day for ten years, or
  • an hour and a half a day for twenty years,
  • or twelve hours a day for two and a half years.

That’s a hell of a lot of time….

So how do you become an Outlier?  How do you create the opportunity?

First:  You might already be in a situation that is developing your strengths.  Click on the link to reflect on the areas in which you have already put in 10,000 of Deep Practice.

Second:  Find out what it is that you are really passionate about.  I mean REALLY passionate.  The feelings are so strong that even when you think about it, your hair stands up on the back of your neck – you have butterflies in your stomach.

Third:  Do something.  Anything.  Anything that will get you closer to becoming the best in the world at what you want to do.

In which areas have you already put in your 10,000 hours?  Share them below with us.  We’d love to hear how you are already an Outlier in your life!

3 Responses to “Are You An Outlier?”

  1. Lauren G says:

    I want to get this passion thing together. I put in 10,000 hours as a truck driver. I hope to leave that behind me though. I would like to do something with writing and or personal development.

  2. I think I’m an outlier. I have deep practiced a couple of things…watercolor painting and photography. Ive actually probably logged MORE than 10,000 in photography but it never been a “professional” pursuit. When I started painting in watercolor in 1979, however, I found another passion and started teaching it 7 years ago without even knowing if I COULD teach it. I’m still teaching and now I’m doing it at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. I used the services of John Murphy to record one of my classes so I can place it on youtube and then as fee-based webinars. I’m hoping to use that as a springboard to making a living teaching workshops online and nationwide.

    • Joëlle says:

      Sounds like it may be time to acknowledge your talent in photography. I would love to see your work!
      xoxo
      Joëlle

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