10,000 hours

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi

As a long time, and now older, bodybuilder, I once read that Arnold Schwarzenegger put 10,000 hours into the development of his calves. Initially, they were a weak body part and he wanted to make them the best in the world. Eventually, they were.

I’ve heard the same thing about the best athletes in other sports, the best artists, the best musicians, the best writers, the best doctors, the best professors, etc. 10,000 hours! You get my point.

If you divide 10,000 hours by 24, you’ll get 416.666 days. You’ll never get there quickly, but I bet if you paced yourself, and offered the very best of yourself to a task, every day, day in and day out, you’d eventually rack up the hours. How quickly would thirty minutes a day add up!

The biggest gains are made in the consistent, and sometimes, mundane repetition of the little things.  You won’t notice any significant changes, early on, by the compound effect can turn a penny into millions. The same is true of your life.

The clock is ticking. What’s your decision?

Jake

 

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