Yes, yes, you heard right. Hard work does not equal a lot of money. Sometimes a minimum of effort makes more money. It’s all about focus and experience. It’s a good thing I realized that. Too bad it’s so late.
I often listen to podcasts, read blogs, watch interviews, study people’s lives. And a lot of people say that they are always busy. This gives the impression that success comes only to those who work very hard. But I forgot that we are all different people, and therefore our contribution to society is also different.
Do you know the feeling when you get motivated, set a goal, and start walking toward it? At such moments, I load myself up with work as much as possible. I come up with something new, just to do more. After all, the more you do, the more you succeed, right? No, not like that!
One of my favorite books “Start with the main thing ” has some very interesting thoughts on this subject. The basic premise is that you have to do one thing (it should be your mission). You perfect that one thing, and “voila”: you don’t need anything else!
The simplest example: Michael got a job as a waiter, did just that, developed, got promotions. He worked his way up to managing a restaurant, learned again, developed. Eventually he opened his own restaurant, and now he doesn’t need anything else. He has a business he loves and money, and he is successful. In fact, he’s been doing one thing all his life: feeding people. That’s his mission, and he’s succeeded in it.
Obviously, Michael succeeded in life because he did the same thing every day, for several hours at a time. Eventually he perfected his skills so much that he became the best at what he does.
Is it possible to do the same in your business? Of course it is! Scientists have discovered that if a person does something for a long time, he is sure to become a professional and make a lot of money. They even called this phenomenon the “10,000-hour rule”.
The 10,000-hour rule. Why does it work?
We all know the saying: “Geniuses are not born, but become”. So scientists have found out that from almost any person you can grow a genius if you occupy him with a certain business for 10,000 hours.
A couple of decades ago, the German psychologist Andres Erikson and his colleagues conducted a highly amusing study of graduates of the Berlin Academy of Music. All violin students were divided into three groups:
- potential world-class soloists;
- up-and-coming musicians;
- and those who might pursue a career as high school music teachers, if they didn’t quit.
Next, psychologists began to count – how many hours of training in the musical skill of the representatives of each of the groups. The results stunned the international cultural community. It turned out that the representatives of the first group had by now played 10,000 hours, the second 8,000, and the third about 4,000.
What is the drama of the cultural community? It turns out that it’s not a matter of talent, natural talent, or even some mystical genius, but rather the amount of time a person spends training his brain accordingly.
In his bestseller “Geniuses and Outsiders” Malcolm Gladwell gives many examples showing that any “genius” is, by and large, only 10,000 hours of labor and sweat (and in this he is almost unanimous with Albert Einstein). That’s the magic number of success, they say, and it doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about music, programming, or cooking.
This, of course, is not entirely true, and Erickson’s research has been repeatedly subjected to well-deserved criticism. But there is no escaping the truth they have demonstrated, either.
It is clear that our brains have some peculiarities-some more conducive to a certain cause, others less so. After all, all the violinists in Erickson’s study were violinists, not Formula I racers, and were trained at the Music Academy, not the speedway.
Racers can only be compared to each other, and fiddlers to fiddlers. However, if the appropriate choice is made, and one has begun to improve oneself in a certain skill, the likelihood of success does depend heavily on the intensity of one’s training.
The real secret of the 10,000-hour rule, however, lies elsewhere:
For some reason we all think that “our business” is the activity from which we will immediately begin to enjoy ourselves. But this is not true, because interest, by its very physiological nature, is a very unstable thing.
Interest is just a complex orientational reaction: at first there is “woo!” and “wow!”, and as soon as the slightest certainty emerges, the first difficulties in mastering the skill are immediately discovered – “come on…”.
The trick is that the real pleasure we get from doing what we’re really good at, literally – better than anyone else. And in order to learn how to do it that way, we need those 10,000 hours. And while you’re racking up your 10,000 hours, you may feel like you’re doing the wrong thing at all!
So whether you like or dislike what you are doing, you will only find out after you are really good at it. But, in fact, after you do, you’re likely to start liking it. And if you do, you’ll be sure it’s “yours”.
And now I have a little question: “What do you lack in order, for example, to understand well the relationship your brain has with your consciousness?”. Yes, that’s the same 10,000 hours of work with scientific research (including reflection, introspection, and learning from professionals)! And how long does it take to learn how to handle your own life properly? At least the same 10,000 hours of research on the subject!
Of course, we all want to “skip” the necessary hours and get results and money immediately. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
You may ask: “What do we gain from knowing the 10,000-hour rule? We still have to work hard”. I’ll tell you: It’s a FOCUS. You have to focus on one specific thing where you’re sure to succeed. And then nothing else will matter.
The most important thing is to set the right priorities. To prioritize means to focus. And to focus means NOT to choose among ten cases the most important one, but to refuse from nine cases out of ten and to do only one.
So it is not necessary to do a hundred things in a panic, hoping that some of them will bring you happiness, success, or anything else. You need to focus on one thing and give it at least 5 hours a day.
After learning about this, I began to think about it. I came to the conclusion that everyone is different. And some people are happy when they do lots of things all their time, and some people are happy when they do one thing and only a certain amount of time. I used to spread my energy and my attention over a lot of things. Now I’m going to try to focus and do only one thing that I like and that makes me money.