Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ten Thousand: Tangential Thinking

#ATOZ Challenge Theme: Finding Myself - Living My Life


Ten thousand hours rule. Popularly known for the number of hours required to master any skill. It has been said that to master any skill, you need Ten Thousand hours to learn the skill. Have you heard about this? It has been popularised a lot. In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell describes that to practice and master any skill, it takes a practice of 10,000 hours.

The 10,000 hours rule has been debated by many. I will not ponder and draw a list of pros and cons of this rule. Neither am I going to support any side. My purpose of bringing up this topic is to understand how I can utilise this 10,000 rule of practise for my benefit.

Gathering and maintaining your thoughts and ideas isn’t an easy job, at least not for me. There have been instances when I would have very good topics in my mind to write about, but procrastination would delay writing them on paper and topics would be washed away form my mind.

“Passion isn’t achieved on its own. I have recurring dreams. What do they tell me? To work towards my passion. In this process of dreams and longing to achieve my goals, I lost myself somewhere in the turmoils of daily routine. It took me a while to realise my dreams. Better late than never, they say. Passion drove me crazy. How do I achieve it? I started working like a maniac, it became an addiction. I thought of it as a competition. Every other person was seeking the same goal as myself. This brought questions in my mind. If what I thought isn’t unique, why am I following the crowd? Nevertheless, in this confusion of achieving my goal and competition, I end up doing things in a haste. Result? I am stuck where I was. What is the solution then?

I thought over and over, time and again. Competition will always be present. You need a Killer Instinct in this competitive world. But running just to get in the front race without strong base is like a building without strong foundation. It can collapse any day.”

Using this concept of 10,000 rule, I thought of getting down to the basics again. It may take a while. But what is the harm? Plan, prioritize, and sequence your steps for execution. It may take more or less than 10,000 hours, but achieving your target systematically is of importance. Have a Killer Instinct, show your creative side to the crowd. You may or may not agree with the 10,000 hours rule, but do you atleast agree that you need practice; and this practice requires long hours?
Long hours spent in mastering a skill give birth to tangential thinking. Mastering anything requires efforts and in this process, you learn a lot of skills and develop ideas. Use them to develop your unique style. Think Beyond!


  1. I had never heard about the 10,000 hour rule before. Thanks for introducing me to this interesting concept. Procrastination has been a major detrimental force in my life too. But we need to invest our time and channelise our energy towards our passions.
    Loved this inspiring read :)

    @theerailivedin from The Era I Lived In

  2. I have read about the rule , but always thought that it is meant for other...not me !
    Thank you for reintroducing the rule ....
    Maya Varde from
    About books and certain other things

  3. I think I'm well past the 10 000 hour mark now, but still learning and evolving...

  4. I have read about the 10k rule in Outliers; it makes sense, though I can't personally vouch for it, because I can't recollect any one thing that I have done for that much amount of time. :P

  5. I have not read Outliers but have heard of the 10,000 hours rule although may not understand all of the intricacies. I think the basic concept of devoting significant time and passion to one thing does help you to master it. Although I also agree with the previous comment by Kate that even when you hit that 10,000 mark there is still more to learn.

    Weekends in Maine

  6. don't want to beleive 10,000 hours is a pre-requisite