In fact, your fear of mediocrity, combined with your ambition to be faster, stronger, and smarter than mere mortals, are all part of what keep you growing personally and professionally.
Be that all as it may, however, the possibility still exists that you may be — dare I say it — average. Or — even worse! — less than average.
A man named Dr. Ericsson is considered the world’s leading expert on expertise. In several studies, he discovered that it usually takes around 10,000 hours of time for someone to become an expert at something.
10,000 hours of writing to be an expert writer.
10,000 hours of yoga to be an expert yogi.
An expert in Leadership? Lead a team successfully for at least 10,000 hours, and do it the right way.
A subject matter expert in your area of passion? Yep- 10,000 hours
10,000 hours of anything equals expertise.
So why aren’t more people experts? Because of stats like this:
“By age twenty-one, the typical American has spent ten thousand hours playing computer games.”
I read that sentence from the book Willpower, and it surprised me.
Now I don’t hate video games. I think they can be fun part of an awesome life. But if you play 10,000 hours by the time you’re 21, do you know where you are headed?
And you were meant for something more.
Go be an expert. Go work on 10,000 hours. Just make sure that you don’t end up at typical along the way.