Monday, June 11, 2012

How are you dividing up your 168 hours?

24 hours times 7 days equals 168 hours.

Everyone has this, no matter if you're a factory worker, a homeless person, an NFL quarterback, or even the President of the United States.  No one has more or less time than anyone else.

How are you dividing up your hours?

Do you spend hours on end watching mindless TV?

I know, I know, I seem to be picking on TV, but the truth stands that TV is a huge time-waster for many.  Does this mean one should never watch TV?  Absolutely not.  But limit it if you're working on something on the side (writing a novel or an ebook, for example).

I'm not a big sports fan, but many are.  Does that mean you have to watch every single baseball or hockey game that your team plays?  If you're that factory worker I mentioned at the beginning, who has a passion for playing the guitar and one day playing in a band, how much time are you going to devote to playing?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, talks about his story of successful people and discovered that, for those with a passion for what they were doing, after about 10,000 hours of doing something they achieved a high level of skill.  In other words, practicing something for 2-3 hours a day for 10 years will achieve the pinnacle 10,000 hour mark.

It all starts today.  Today is the best time to start down your road to success.  Don't wait until tomorrow.  Do it now.  It's not perfect, I know, and then again neither was Mozart's first symphony nor the Beatles' first gig together.

What are you waiting for?

Do it now.  Don't wait for ready and get set.  Just go!

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