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The 10,000 Hour Rule To Mastery?
Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule?
The 10,000-Hour Rule was the result of a study by Anders Ericsson and Bill Chase in 1976. The researchers were trying to test and improve ideas from a 1929 paper on memorizing random digits. Ericsson tells the story of what happened in his book, “The Secret Life of Phrase Memorization” in which another Ericsson, took on the task.
The book chronicles the progress of Steve Ericsson who reached and found ways to break through various plateaus. Most people can remember up to 7 digits, such as a telephone number, usually by splitting the numbers into groups of 2, 3, or 4. He could have maxed out at 8 or 9 digits, but instead, with enormous dedication and much time, pushed himself to do better.
Actually, about 10 times better.
He worked his way up to being able to remember 82 randomised digits. This achievement, remarkable as it was, has since been exceeded many times over.
The current Guinness World Record for memorising digits is held by Lu Chao of China, who, in 2005, recited 67,890 digits of pi using variations of Steve Ericsson’s technique.
Malcolm Gladwell popularized Ericsson’s approach for memorising numbers with his book, “Outliers” in 2008.
Nowadays, most memorising competitors use some variation Steve Ericsson’s technique.
The formula used: Deliberate Practice + 10,000 hours = World-Class Skill - it seems, inefficiently assumes an enormous number of hours are needed to master any skill.
Deliberate practice was an important part of Steve Ericsson’s success, but so was his mindset. He chose to attempt to learn a skill that he thought he could achieve. He achieved more than he expected but at an enormous cost of time.
Accumulating 10,000 hours requires 20 hours a week for 10 years. If you want to be a world-class concert pianist or golfer, for instance, that may well be the kind of dedication it takes.
The 100-Hour Rule Towards Mastery
So, does it really take 10,000 hours to achieve world-class status in a skill?
Of course, the 10,000 hours is an estimate that is not possible to prove...
... Tim Ferriss has spent his entire career dissecting the learning patterns of top performers. He developed the 100-Hour Rule, which says mastering a topic doesn't need to take 10,000 hours. Instead, it can take around 100 hours if you break down skills into well-defined micro-skills.
My take is that getting good enough, or world-class at anything takes dedication to continually wanting to do better.
That means knowing what you want to achieve in detail, figuring out what you need to deliberately do to develop the skills, taking deliberate actions and regularly reviewing results in order to figure out what it will take to improve to the next level.
You’ve probably heard this all before... there really is no way around this process.
In addition, it’s best practice to learn what you can from a recognised, top performer. But usually, you need to learn to crawl first and then walk, before being able to run.
This means, however long it takes, you need to be highly observant and analytical yourself and/or find a great teacher.
Implicit in finding a great teacher is that some teachers are best at getting you started, others helping you develop further. Usually, over time, we need more than one or even two. Also, seeing a master at work is often inspiring however, learning from a master is usually far from easy until you are nearly a master yourself.
So what’s the point?
The point is that if you’re reading this you’re probably already a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community, or considering joining.
What’s special about Wealthy Affiliate, is that it’s an organisation that provides a great place to start learning to crawl, then to walk and ultimately to be able to run free. At least for affiliate marketing skills and arguably many other online business and marketing skills as well.
You can find all the teachers you'll ever need for affiliate marketing here.
So, if you are just starting out, or already running a business online, Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to be wherever you are on your route towards mastery of running a business online.
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