After the recommendation from a very close friend, I decided to pick up the book and give it a chance. I gained some things from this reading I’ll never forget….

10,000 hours the magic number for true expertise! According to Malcolm Gladwell in the book Outliers, “It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.”

When you first hear the number it seems like a lot, but maybe doesn’t really phase you. Then you begin to mathematically break it down based on the amount of time daily that would be spent in your area. You realize how many hours, nights, days and years it truly is.

We sometimes believe that people are just born with a talent or they were given a gift which ultimately led to their success. I do believe you must have some talent or skill in order to begin down a certain path.

2Although this is part of it, I don’t believe it is the full reason people succeed. I believe hard work mixed with skill and a little luck takes you to the next level. How hard you work can influence how quickly you can become an expert in your area.

Some players I’ve met during my career grew up playing street soccer with their friends everyday. Most of them competing with boys at a young age year after year. They had the opportunity to start their 10,000 hour climb at a young age.

If you find something you’re extremely passionate about start putting in your 10,000 hours as soon as possible. Remember everything happens for a reason, but you are in control of how much time you put into the areas you hope to be an expert in.

  1. Luis-Cristian Guerra 7 years ago

    English is not my forte however,this blog is awesome i am senior leaving in Chicago with strong Hispanic heritage thus, by logic i should have a passion for male soccer ..but i don’t at all , my passion is women soccer i meant really passion.This passion it is in my blood and every sense of my being i was at 1999 Rose Bowl ,then 2012 London.now getting ready for Canada 2015..There are 2 player in the USA team that i admire one Tobian Heat and Carly Lloyd and in the Scottish team Kim Little. thank you

    • WSU 7 years ago

      Its great that you are so passionate about women’s soccer, you are amongst friends here.
      We are really looking forward to Canada 2015, it is a shame that Scotland were unable to qualify as it would have been great to see Kim Little on the world stage.

  2. Asa 8 years ago

    Great blog Beverly, Thank you

  3. Gina West 8 years ago

    Another beautifully written blog, thank you Beverly!
    I agree with you, I do not think that talent alone is the full reason people succeed. Hard work and luck definitely play a key role, in my opinion.

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