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I have mixed emotions about the 10,000 Hour Rule explained (brilliantly) in Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers.

A quick refresher just in case you haven’t heard about the 10,000 hour rule.  Over the last 20 years, scientists have been trying to measure how important talent really is.  After testing and evaluating virtuosos in dozens of fields they discovered that “The Best of the Best” have invested 10,000 hours of deliberate practice in their field.  Even geniuses with innate talent must put in their 10,000 hours too.

On one hand, I’m thrilled that hard work still means something..  But there’s a small problem…10,000 hours is a lot of time.

After all, where on God’s green earth will you find time to practice 10,000 hours at anything?

It gets even more aggravating when it comes to being an authority blogger.  If you need 10,000 hours – then this requirement is impossible for most….

Or is it?

Are You Working The Wrong 10,000 Hours?

I believe that most bloggers have been bullied into their topic.  Either they are blogging about their day job – which they hate.  Or they are blogging about a skill that they are good at but not necessarily passionate about.

So they are blogging about their default interest and not their passion.

If this is ringing true for you then I can see why the 10,000 hour rule is a challenge because you have zero appetite for putting in 10 years practicing to get better.

You see, a mere interest can’t inspire hours worth of obsessive practice.  Interest’s don’t keep you up at night trying to get a “little bit better”. But that’s exactly what some Tribe Leaders are trying to do.  They are bullying themselves to dig deep and become an expert at what they secretly despise.

This is sad AND completely unnecessary.

The Hidden 10,000 Hours

Right now, you are secretly nurturing a “closet obsession”.  It seems minor and routine to you.  But it absolutely dominates every free thought you have.  For me, its bass fishing.  I can’t pass a puddle more than 3 feet deep and 10 feet wide that I won’t try to fish.  I think about bass constantly for the last 20 years of my life.

Hmm…

How about you?  Is it radio controlled trucks? Bonsai tree pruning, trash day “picking”, playing the harmonica?

Now think about it…haven’t you already been deliberately refining this obsession for years?  I suspect that you already have your 10,000 hours invested – you just don’t know it. Now the questions is – why aren’t you using your blog to build a business around that true passion?  You already are in expert, now you just have to put in a little time to learn how to tell your story to the world.

By the Way…

Being a spectacular blogger doesn’t require 10,000 hours.  The hard part is honing your passion. The writing is something that can be learned (or at least copied) quickly.  Trust me.

How to Cheat the 10,000 Hour Rule

Ok, some of you may have just recently discovered your passion.  It’s burning in your belly and you want to get good at it quick.  Well here’s a little observation buried in the 2nd chapter of Outliers. This passage talks about results of investigating how much time it took for pianists to attain their expertise…

“In fact, by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours of practice.  By contrast, the merely good students had totaled eight thousand hours, and the future music teachers had totaled just four thousand hours

See that? Just 4,000 hours is all that needed for “teacher” status.  Here’s some cold hard truth for you…your audience just needs a teacher. Get to this level first and you’ll attract a huge audience along the way.

That’s 4,000 hours, which you’ve probably already invested.

In case you haven’t here are some tips to get you jumpstarted:

  1. Get a Coach
    Coaches help you zero in on the areas that you need to improve and find gaps in your thinking.  This is invaluable since it let’s you skip months (even years) of trial and error.  Remember that even Michael Jordan had a coach.
  2. Join or Create a Mastermind
    Something incredible happens when you regularly meet and share experiences with like-minded individuals.  Studies show that a person’s level of income, skill and happiness is roughly the average of their 5 closest friends.  Makes sense.  Surround yourself with winners and watch your expertise skyrocket.
  3. Hardwire in Accountability
    Unfortunately, people are great at dreaming and horrible at achieving.  We all need a push to keep moving ahead.  Find someone you trust and respect.  Tell them your plan and give them the power to kick your butt if you cheat yourself.  This works better if you set aggressive goals.
  4. Build Expert Habits
    Identify your goal and set-up a daily ritual that will form into a habit.  For bloggers this may be writing a 300 word blog post every day for 5 days.  These habits are the secret sauce for quickly gaining expertise.
  5. Force Yourself to Teach (writing)
    Nothing turns theory into cold-hard experience than teaching it to someone else.  Your blog is a great way to regularly teach your craft to your audience.  Better yet, write and promote your posts to get other peoples feedback.
  6. Deliberately Practice to Strengthen Weaknesses
    Find exactly what you are great at and get better.  Focus all of your attention to performing at your highest level at all times.  As a publisher of content, you should focus on your core expertise and writing skills. You can deliberately practice title writing, lead paragraphs, and creative thinking.
  7. Don’t Waste Time on The Small Stuff
    One caveat, some weaknesses aren’t worth your attention.  If you are really bad at writing a specific type of post, don’t practice for weeks trying to perfect it.  It’s not worth it – there are many other options for you to pursue.  The key here is to get great at the useful stuff first, everything else can wait.

    Quit beating yourself up.  It’s likely you have what it takes to get started now. Take a serious look at what you’re current blog and decide if it truly reflects your true passion,  If it doesn’t then be realistic about how difficult it will be to get expert status.  But if you are blogging about your obsession then full-steam ahead. I bet you are much better than you give yourself credit for.

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    • leginld

      Hi Stanford

      Thanks for the clear heads-up very useful.

      Nigel ;-)

    • billy

      I have been thinking about the 10K rule for a while now. I agree and know that I have covered the distance a while ago. Right now I am learning/following UnMarketing ideas. I am fleshing out how I want to present myself. The blog will follow some learning. I like your stuff, keep going I am listening. Billy

    • billy

      I have been thinking about the 10K rule for a while now. I agree and know that I have covered the distance a while ago. Right now I am learning/following UnMarketing ideas. I am fleshing out how I want to present myself. The blog will follow some learning. I like your stuff, keep going I am listening. Billy

      • http://www.pushingsocial.com Stanford @ PushingSocial

        Glad you got something out of the post. Come back soon!

    • billy

      I have been thinking about the 10K rule for a while now. I agree and know that I have covered the distance a while ago. Right now I am learning/following UnMarketing ideas. I am fleshing out how I want to present myself. The blog will follow some learning. I like your stuff, keep going I am listening. Billy

    • http://www.jacksonvilleroofingpro.org Alex Foster

      I think it all boils down to passion. If you like what you are doing, you won't keep thinking about how tedious the 10,000 hours are. But I must admit 10,000 hours are a lot of times as you mentioned. Learn as you teach and teach as you learn!
      My recent post Roofing Questions To Ask – The Most Essential Details

    • http://www.jacksonvilleroofingpro.org Alex Foster

      I think it all boils down to passion. If you like what you are doing, you won't keep thinking about how tedious the 10,000 hours are. But I must admit 10,000 hours are a lot of times as you mentioned. Learn as you teach and teach as you learn!
      My recent post Roofing Questions To Ask – The Most Essential Details

    • http://www.jacksonvilleroofingpro.org Alex Foster

      I think it all boils down to passion. If you like what you are doing, you won't keep thinking about how tedious the 10,000 hours are. But I must admit 10,000 hours are a lot of times as you mentioned. Learn as you teach and teach as you learn!
      My recent post Roofing Questions To Ask – The Most Essential Details

    • Kazi

      On the money Stan. The 7 jump start tips are just what I need. btw, have you read The Talent Code? Daniel Coyle introduces the concept of 'Deep Practice'. Another work around for the 10,000 hrs.

    • Kazi

      On the money Stan. The 7 jump start tips are just what I need. btw, have you read The Talent Code? Daniel Coyle introduces the concept of 'Deep Practice'. Another work around for the 10,000 hrs.

    • Kazi

      On the money Stan. The 7 jump start tips are just what I need. btw, have you read The Talent Code? Daniel Coyle introduces the concept of 'Deep Practice'. Another work around for the 10,000 hrs.

    • http://www.ontime-electric.com/ Austin Briggs

      You did a fantastic job with this blog.

      I have been isolating factors that make musicians truly great and the bottom line is that is what they do, all the time! So they have 10,000 hours by the time they are 25 years old and you wonder how they got so great at playing the kazoo… so much so that women swoon.

      You definitely need that desire and burning passion, but I also feel that your WILL trumps all others will, so much that you will be homeless so you don't have to work and pay bills just so you can do what you "will" at all times.

      I see the best programmers, the best musicians, the best of most everything ignoring the social requirements and locking themselves in their parents basement for years.

      I think the one thing that will screw you is losing focus. These people picked one thing. Sure you can master a couple of things in your life (well, maybe 5) but you can only really master 1 thing… for the next 10 years… so pick wisely, and focus.

    • http://www.ontime-electric.com/ Austin Briggs

      You did a fantastic job with this blog.

      I have been isolating factors that make musicians truly great and the bottom line is that is what they do, all the time! So they have 10,000 hours by the time they are 25 years old and you wonder how they got so great at playing the kazoo… so much so that women swoon.

      You definitely need that desire and burning passion, but I also feel that your WILL trumps all others will, so much that you will be homeless so you don't have to work and pay bills just so you can do what you "will" at all times.

      I see the best programmers, the best musicians, the best of most everything ignoring the social requirements and locking themselves in their parents basement for years.

      I think the one thing that will screw you is losing focus. These people picked one thing. Sure you can master a couple of things in your life (well, maybe 5) but you can only really master 1 thing… for the next 10 years… so pick wisely, and focus.

    • http://www.ontime-electric.com/ Austin Briggs

      You did a fantastic job with this blog.

      I have been isolating factors that make musicians truly great and the bottom line is that is what they do, all the time! So they have 10,000 hours by the time they are 25 years old and you wonder how they got so great at playing the kazoo… so much so that women swoon.

      You definitely need that desire and burning passion, but I also feel that your WILL trumps all others will, so much that you will be homeless so you don't have to work and pay bills just so you can do what you "will" at all times.

      I see the best programmers, the best musicians, the best of most everything ignoring the social requirements and locking themselves in their parents basement for years.

      I think the one thing that will screw you is losing focus. These people picked one thing. Sure you can master a couple of things in your life (well, maybe 5) but you can only really master 1 thing… for the next 10 years… so pick wisely, and focus.

    • http://karate-kids.com.au SenseiMattKlein

      Thought-provoking article. I'm a teacher but already have the 10,000 hours in. Should I find another passion to write about? Tempting. I think a lot of the skills developed in those 10,000 hours are transferable, particularly in the coaching field. Motivating players, developing exercises and lesson plans, strategies for winning–these things can be transferred to other fields. A writer's skill is very transferable. Think of all the fields in which it can be applied. If you have taken the time to read all the great novels, you are probably half way there. Yes, I agree with you. The full 10,000 is not needed.
      My recent post Martial Arts Classes- 79 Reasons Why Kids Love Them

    • http://karate-kids.com.au SenseiMattKlein

      Thought-provoking article. I'm a teacher but already have the 10,000 hours in. Should I find another passion to write about? Tempting. I think a lot of the skills developed in those 10,000 hours are transferable, particularly in the coaching field. Motivating players, developing exercises and lesson plans, strategies for winning–these things can be transferred to other fields. A writer's skill is very transferable. Think of all the fields in which it can be applied. If you have taken the time to read all the great novels, you are probably half way there. Yes, I agree with you. The full 10,000 is not needed.
      My recent post Martial Arts Classes- 79 Reasons Why Kids Love Them

    • http://karate-kids.com.au SenseiMattKlein

      Thought-provoking article. I'm a teacher but already have the 10,000 hours in. Should I find another passion to write about? Tempting. I think a lot of the skills developed in those 10,000 hours are transferable, particularly in the coaching field. Motivating players, developing exercises and lesson plans, strategies for winning–these things can be transferred to other fields. A writer's skill is very transferable. Think of all the fields in which it can be applied. If you have taken the time to read all the great novels, you are probably half way there. Yes, I agree with you. The full 10,000 is not needed.
      My recent post Martial Arts Classes- 79 Reasons Why Kids Love Them

    • Deb

      great advice Stanford. Thanks!
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    • Deb

      great advice Stanford. Thanks!
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    • Deb

      great advice Stanford. Thanks!
      My recent post Better Brain Function Associated With Moderate Wine Drinking

    • http://www.reneemirabito.com Renee Mirabito

      Thanks Stanford. I only first heard of the 10,000 hour rule a few weeks ago on a TV show. I have to say that I see a lot of truth in it, and I don’t really know if there is a true way to ‘cheat’ it. Knowledge is power though, and the more we understand ourselves the better we will be.

    • http://www.reneemirabito.com Renee Mirabito

      Thanks Stanford. I only first heard of the 10,000 hour rule a few weeks ago on a TV show. I have to say that I see a lot of truth in it, and I don’t really know if there is a true way to ‘cheat’ it. Knowledge is power though, and the more we understand ourselves the better we will be.

    • http://www.reneemirabito.com Renee Mirabito

      Thanks Stanford. I only first heard of the 10,000 hour rule a few weeks ago on a TV show. I have to say that I see a lot of truth in it, and I don’t really know if there is a true way to ‘cheat’ it. Knowledge is power though, and the more we understand ourselves the better we will be.

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    • http://andbreak.com/ Julius

      Great article Stanford. I have actually read outliers myself. And I truly enjoy the points you make. If you are blogging about something that you are not passionate about then maybe you should change your topic.
      I do think that the 10,000 hour rule applies to most things. That doesn't mean that you can't become a great and well-known blogger without 10,000 hours of practice. I think you can.
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    • http://andbreak.com/ Julius

      Great article Stanford. I have actually read outliers myself. And I truly enjoy the points you make. If you are blogging about something that you are not passionate about then maybe you should change your topic.
      I do think that the 10,000 hour rule applies to most things. That doesn't mean that you can't become a great and well-known blogger without 10,000 hours of practice. I think you can.
      My recent post The Perfect WordPress Theme for Affiliates

    • http://andbreak.com/ Julius

      Great article Stanford. I have actually read outliers myself. And I truly enjoy the points you make. If you are blogging about something that you are not passionate about then maybe you should change your topic.
      I do think that the 10,000 hour rule applies to most things. That doesn't mean that you can't become a great and well-known blogger without 10,000 hours of practice. I think you can.
      My recent post The Perfect WordPress Theme for Affiliates

    • http://www.imlisteningnow.com Jill Chivers

      I like what Joanna said about the 10,000 hours being right — and I think it's OK to say that, in general, to become truly masterful performer in any field takes dedicated time and intentional practice. If everyone could be great at everything, there'd be no masters, right?

      I also like what Erik says about Gladwell talking about the long-tail outliers. That's great context in which to have this discussion. Not all of us want to be masterful. That doesn't mean we can't be meaningful contributors. To whatever it is we apply our hearts, minds, hands and souls to.

      Great post, Stan!
      My recent post 3 Clues Jedi Listeners Leave

    • http://www.imlisteningnow.com Jill Chivers

      I like what Joanna said about the 10,000 hours being right — and I think it's OK to say that, in general, to become truly masterful performer in any field takes dedicated time and intentional practice. If everyone could be great at everything, there'd be no masters, right?

      I also like what Erik says about Gladwell talking about the long-tail outliers. That's great context in which to have this discussion. Not all of us want to be masterful. That doesn't mean we can't be meaningful contributors. To whatever it is we apply our hearts, minds, hands and souls to.

      Great post, Stan!
      My recent post 3 Clues Jedi Listeners Leave

    • http://www.imlisteningnow.com Jill Chivers

      I like what Joanna said about the 10,000 hours being right — and I think it's OK to say that, in general, to become truly masterful performer in any field takes dedicated time and intentional practice. If everyone could be great at everything, there'd be no masters, right?

      I also like what Erik says about Gladwell talking about the long-tail outliers. That's great context in which to have this discussion. Not all of us want to be masterful. That doesn't mean we can't be meaningful contributors. To whatever it is we apply our hearts, minds, hands and souls to.

      Great post, Stan!
      My recent post 3 Clues Jedi Listeners Leave

    • pushingsocial

      LOL – Now THAT's a perspective that I've never heard before. Need to send it along to gladwell.com!

    • http://www.livingauthentically.org Evan

      And perhaps the teachers whose students needed 10,000 hours were just rotten teachers.

      • pushingsocial

        LOL – Now THAT's a perspective that I've never heard before. Need to send it along to gladwell.com!

    • http://www.livingauthentically.org Evan

      And perhaps the teachers whose students needed 10,000 hours were just rotten teachers.

      • pushingsocial

        LOL – Now THAT's a perspective that I've never heard before. Need to send it along to gladwell.com!

    • http://www.livingauthentically.org Evan

      And perhaps the teachers whose students needed 10,000 hours were just rotten teachers.

    • pushingsocial

      You are right there aren't any shortcuts to Mastery. It requires years of deliberate practice. …But passionate people can start sharing their talents before they are masters. Thanks for sticking with the post even though it made your blood boil

    • http://www.buildyourcareerwithpassion.com Dennis Charles

      Stanford

      Right on the money. Initially I was put off by the title- I just don't think that there are any short cuts to mastery, but your outline is a really useful one.
      My recent post Downloads

      • pushingsocial

        You are right there aren't any shortcuts to Mastery. It requires years of deliberate practice. …But passionate people can start sharing their talents before they are masters. Thanks for sticking with the post even though it made your blood boil

    • http://www.buildyourcareerwithpassion.com Dennis Charles

      Stanford

      Right on the money. Initially I was put off by the title- I just don't think that there are any short cuts to mastery, but your outline is a really useful one.
      My recent post Downloads

      • pushingsocial

        You are right there aren't any shortcuts to Mastery. It requires years of deliberate practice. …But passionate people can start sharing their talents before they are masters. Thanks for sticking with the post even though it made your blood boil

    • http://www.buildyourcareerwithpassion.com Dennis Charles

      Stanford

      Right on the money. Initially I was put off by the title- I just don't think that there are any short cuts to mastery, but your outline is a really useful one.
      My recent post Downloads

    • http://www.stevescottsite.com Steve Scott Site

      Stan, Some great points and an excellent post! I really liked to the point about 4000 hours needed to be at a teaching level. The more I think about that the more, "right" it seems. At that point you should have one hell of a lot of information and can dispense it to others. Even if someone KNOWS the information and has more experience than you, sometimes hearing something from someone else is the kick in the pants a person needs.
      My recent post Constant Learning equals Constant Improvement

    • http://www.stevescottsite.com Steve Scott Site

      Stan, Some great points and an excellent post! I really liked to the point about 4000 hours needed to be at a teaching level. The more I think about that the more, "right" it seems. At that point you should have one hell of a lot of information and can dispense it to others. Even if someone KNOWS the information and has more experience than you, sometimes hearing something from someone else is the kick in the pants a person needs.
      My recent post Constant Learning equals Constant Improvement

    • http://www.stevescottsite.com Steve Scott Site

      Stan, Some great points and an excellent post! I really liked to the point about 4000 hours needed to be at a teaching level. The more I think about that the more, "right" it seems. At that point you should have one hell of a lot of information and can dispense it to others. Even if someone KNOWS the information and has more experience than you, sometimes hearing something from someone else is the kick in the pants a person needs.
      My recent post Constant Learning equals Constant Improvement

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    • http://www.eatingdisorderrecovery.com Joanna Poppink

      If my calculations are right, 10,000 hours translates into about three and a half years at six hours a day.
      That' sounds right to me in terms of getting a solid handle on a physical or mental skill, or making inroads into a profession.

      My recent post The Play of Your Life and Your Recovery- Act I- II and III

    • http://www.eatingdisorderrecovery.com Joanna Poppink

      If my calculations are right, 10,000 hours translates into about three and a half years at six hours a day.
      That' sounds right to me in terms of getting a solid handle on a physical or mental skill, or making inroads into a profession.

      My recent post The Play of Your Life and Your Recovery- Act I- II and III

    • http://www.eatingdisorderrecovery.com Joanna Poppink

      If my calculations are right, 10,000 hours translates into about three and a half years at six hours a day.
      That' sounds right to me in terms of getting a solid handle on a physical or mental skill, or making inroads into a profession.

      My recent post The Play of Your Life and Your Recovery- Act I- II and III

    • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

      Hmmmm… I'll have to say fascination is a more tamed type of passion. Passion for me means I'll literally live and breath whatever it is but fascination means you're highly interested by it and willing to learn more.
      I'm sure some people would use it interchangeable but I just think passion is a mighty strong word which I won't want to misuse :)

    • http://www.gurls-asylum.us Gurl

      Hi Stan,
      I am glad I came across this on Twitter! I am starting a new site…I’ve found my passion and am making it my main blog very soon. This helped me see that I’ve got my 10k hours and then some on the topic! I also love the point about 4k hours to teach. Thanks for pointing out there are so many different ways to put your time in when you are developing your knowledge in order to share it with others!

    • http://www.gurls-asylum.us Gurl

      Hi Stan,
      I am glad I came across this on Twitter! I am starting a new site…I’ve found my passion and am making it my main blog very soon. This helped me see that I’ve got my 10k hours and then some on the topic! I also love the point about 4k hours to teach. Thanks for pointing out there are so many different ways to put your time in when you are developing your knowledge in order to share it with others!

    • http://www.gurls-asylum.us Gurl

      Hi Stan,
      I am glad I came across this on Twitter! I am starting a new site…I’ve found my passion and am making it my main blog very soon. This helped me see that I’ve got my 10k hours and then some on the topic! I also love the point about 4k hours to teach. Thanks for pointing out there are so many different ways to put your time in when you are developing your knowledge in order to share it with others!

    • http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/ Erik Deckers

      Stanford,

      I think it’s important to remember that the <a href="http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/"10,000 hour rule is not what anyone needs to be competent, or even an expert, at something. It’s for the person who wants to be the outlier, the Peyton-Manning-laser-rocket-arm freak of nature.

      You can be an expert at something in less than 10,000 hours. Gladwell only meant for the 10,000 hour rule to apply to the long-tail performers. At least that’s my take on it. I still like your approach to blogging.

    • http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/ Erik Deckers

      Stanford,

      I think it’s important to remember that the <a href="http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/"10,000 hour rule is not what anyone needs to be competent, or even an expert, at something. It’s for the person who wants to be the outlier, the Peyton-Manning-laser-rocket-arm freak of nature.

      You can be an expert at something in less than 10,000 hours. Gladwell only meant for the 10,000 hour rule to apply to the long-tail performers. At least that’s my take on it. I still like your approach to blogging.

    • http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/ Erik Deckers

      Stanford,

      I think it’s important to remember that the <a href="http://problogservice.com/2010/04/05/time-to-stop-misapplying-the-10000-hour-rule/"10,000 hour rule is not what anyone needs to be competent, or even an expert, at something. It’s for the person who wants to be the outlier, the Peyton-Manning-laser-rocket-arm freak of nature.

      You can be an expert at something in less than 10,000 hours. Gladwell only meant for the 10,000 hour rule to apply to the long-tail performers. At least that’s my take on it. I still like your approach to blogging.

    • maybusch

      This is great, Stanford. Not only is it excellent advice, it also made me realize that I have been doing many of the things that are directionally correct without knowing it! Thanks for this unexpected confidence booster.

      Having put in 10,000 hours worth in several other endeavors already, I am now working on my new "new thing." Still crystallizing it, but your post ideas are sure to help turbo charge the process. Great stuff! Keep doing great work (and enjoying it)!
      My recent post 5 Ideas for Keeping Your Composure

    • maybusch

      This is great, Stanford. Not only is it excellent advice, it also made me realize that I have been doing many of the things that are directionally correct without knowing it! Thanks for this unexpected confidence booster.

      Having put in 10,000 hours worth in several other endeavors already, I am now working on my new "new thing." Still crystallizing it, but your post ideas are sure to help turbo charge the process. Great stuff! Keep doing great work (and enjoying it)!
      My recent post 5 Ideas for Keeping Your Composure

    • maybusch

      This is great, Stanford. Not only is it excellent advice, it also made me realize that I have been doing many of the things that are directionally correct without knowing it! Thanks for this unexpected confidence booster.

      Having put in 10,000 hours worth in several other endeavors already, I am now working on my new "new thing." Still crystallizing it, but your post ideas are sure to help turbo charge the process. Great stuff! Keep doing great work (and enjoying it)!
      My recent post 5 Ideas for Keeping Your Composure

    • http://www.trippingmom.com Marilia

      I´m new on this blog, I really like it so far.

      I loved being reminded to work more on what´s easy ;)

      • pushingsocial

        Welcome, glad you like it. And yes…I tend to like the path of least resistance too.

    • http://www.trippingmom.com Marilia

      I´m new on this blog, I really like it so far.

      I loved being reminded to work more on what´s easy ;)

      • pushingsocial

        Welcome, glad you like it. And yes…I tend to like the path of least resistance too.

    • http://www.trippingmom.com Marilia

      I´m new on this blog, I really like it so far.

      I loved being reminded to work more on what´s easy ;)

    • kcpearson

      I just subscribed and I am already a fan! As someone that has written for years but has been blogging for mere months, time has been a sobering reality. Because my vocation in sales does not allow me to spend my days writing, it has been difficult to accept that I can have a significant stake in the blogosphere. I am passionate about my subject, but I have a been toying with branching out with other topics as well….at least those that won't make my blog too segmented and confusing. I know it is hard work so I will continue to seek out those that can guide me in my efforts. Thanks for the post!
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    • kcpearson

      I just subscribed and I am already a fan! As someone that has written for years but has been blogging for mere months, time has been a sobering reality. Because my vocation in sales does not allow me to spend my days writing, it has been difficult to accept that I can have a significant stake in the blogosphere. I am passionate about my subject, but I have a been toying with branching out with other topics as well….at least those that won't make my blog too segmented and confusing. I know it is hard work so I will continue to seek out those that can guide me in my efforts. Thanks for the post!
      My recent post How alone are you

    • kcpearson

      I just subscribed and I am already a fan! As someone that has written for years but has been blogging for mere months, time has been a sobering reality. Because my vocation in sales does not allow me to spend my days writing, it has been difficult to accept that I can have a significant stake in the blogosphere. I am passionate about my subject, but I have a been toying with branching out with other topics as well….at least those that won't make my blog too segmented and confusing. I know it is hard work so I will continue to seek out those that can guide me in my efforts. Thanks for the post!
      My recent post How alone are you

    • pushingsocial

      Welcome, glad you like it. And yes…I tend to like the path of least resistance too.

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      "Just 4,000 hours is all that needed for “teacher” status."

      Well, that's motivating to hear ! Although I still aim for 10,000 hours, I can accept my current level of writing.

      Being a part of a mastermind group and teaching others is really a fascinating way of deepening your knowledge.

      coool post. Really like your style !

      My recent post The Power of Questions- How Asking Can Help You Rock Your Digital Life

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      "Just 4,000 hours is all that needed for “teacher” status."

      Well, that's motivating to hear ! Although I still aim for 10,000 hours, I can accept my current level of writing.

      Being a part of a mastermind group and teaching others is really a fascinating way of deepening your knowledge.

      coool post. Really like your style !

      My recent post The Power of Questions- How Asking Can Help You Rock Your Digital Life

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      "Just 4,000 hours is all that needed for “teacher” status."

      Well, that's motivating to hear ! Although I still aim for 10,000 hours, I can accept my current level of writing.

      Being a part of a mastermind group and teaching others is really a fascinating way of deepening your knowledge.

      coool post. Really like your style !

      My recent post The Power of Questions- How Asking Can Help You Rock Your Digital Life

    • pushingsocial

      Yep you are a hitter! It's amazing to see how many people have found a way to align their passion (who they are) with what they do (their job, profession). Congratulations. Like with Marsha, I would love to hear how you did it – and what you do!

    • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

      Great post. I have put in my 10,000+ hours and am passionate about what I do. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones?
      My recent post No Thanks- Best Buy- et al

      • pushingsocial

        Yep you are a hitter! It's amazing to see how many people have found a way to align their passion (who they are) with what they do (their job, profession). Congratulations. Like with Marsha, I would love to hear how you did it – and what you do!

    • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

      Great post. I have put in my 10,000+ hours and am passionate about what I do. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones?
      My recent post No Thanks- Best Buy- et al

    • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

      Great post. I have put in my 10,000+ hours and am passionate about what I do. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones?
      My recent post No Thanks- Best Buy- et al

      • pushingsocial

        Yep you are a hitter! It's amazing to see how many people have found a way to align their passion (who they are) with what they do (their job, profession). Congratulations. Like with Marsha, I would love to hear how you did it – and what you do!

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    • pushingsocial

      Your passion shows Michelle. Great that you've been able to get alignment between your work and your passion. Would love to see/read how you've done it.

    • pushingsocial

      Question for you. What the difference between passion and fascination (BTW: I talk alot about both on this blog)?

    • pushingsocial

      "I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living" – This is the unfortunate part isn't it? I wish companies could find ways to better align work with passion.

    • pushingsocial

      Love the idea of starting your own "Surf Travel Company". I would definitely be interested in being your first clients (if you include lessons). Obviously your are Crushing It – it's nice to see that the basics still work

    • http://www.blogcastfm.com Srinivas

      Stan

      I can attest to the power of this from two major parts of my life: surfing and blogging. As I may have mentioned to you, Indian people are not exactly known for being athletic (ok, that's a generalization). But for the most part our parents never encouraged us to take up sports and would give us blank stares at the mention of doing anything other than being a doctor, lawyer or engineer.

      Fast forward to today where I'm a hard core surfer. Part of why I was able to get decent in a short amount of time is because during the time I was unemployed I surfed for 6 hours a day for 8 months straight. At this point my water time is close to 3000-4000 hrs. I interviewed this guy from HBS press and he said "You'll practice what you are passionate about." So as a result you hit 10,000 hrs without even trying. Maybe I should start a surf travel company and teach bloggers how to surf :)

      On a Mentor, I started 3 blogs before my current sites. All were big bombs and hosted on blogger. It was only after I joined Yaro's blog Mastermind program that things really took off. Once I joined Yaro's program I was able to truly grow and I can easily say that was what enabled me to get to where I'm at. One word of caution however for people considering mentors is that mentors don't do the work for you. You'll get out what you put into any program.

      • pushingsocial

        Love the idea of starting your own "Surf Travel Company". I would definitely be interested in being your first clients (if you include lessons). Obviously your are Crushing It – it's nice to see that the basics still work

    • http://www.blogcastfm.com Srinivas

      Stan

      I can attest to the power of this from two major parts of my life: surfing and blogging. As I may have mentioned to you, Indian people are not exactly known for being athletic (ok, that's a generalization). But for the most part our parents never encouraged us to take up sports and would give us blank stares at the mention of doing anything other than being a doctor, lawyer or engineer.

      Fast forward to today where I'm a hard core surfer. Part of why I was able to get decent in a short amount of time is because during the time I was unemployed I surfed for 6 hours a day for 8 months straight. At this point my water time is close to 3000-4000 hrs. I interviewed this guy from HBS press and he said "You'll practice what you are passionate about." So as a result you hit 10,000 hrs without even trying. Maybe I should start a surf travel company and teach bloggers how to surf :)

      On a Mentor, I started 3 blogs before my current sites. All were big bombs and hosted on blogger. It was only after I joined Yaro's blog Mastermind program that things really took off. Once I joined Yaro's program I was able to truly grow and I can easily say that was what enabled me to get to where I'm at. One word of caution however for people considering mentors is that mentors don't do the work for you. You'll get out what you put into any program.

    • http://www.blogcastfm.com Srinivas

      Stan

      I can attest to the power of this from two major parts of my life: surfing and blogging. As I may have mentioned to you, Indian people are not exactly known for being athletic (ok, that's a generalization). But for the most part our parents never encouraged us to take up sports and would give us blank stares at the mention of doing anything other than being a doctor, lawyer or engineer.

      Fast forward to today where I'm a hard core surfer. Part of why I was able to get decent in a short amount of time is because during the time I was unemployed I surfed for 6 hours a day for 8 months straight. At this point my water time is close to 3000-4000 hrs. I interviewed this guy from HBS press and he said "You'll practice what you are passionate about." So as a result you hit 10,000 hrs without even trying. Maybe I should start a surf travel company and teach bloggers how to surf :)

      On a Mentor, I started 3 blogs before my current sites. All were big bombs and hosted on blogger. It was only after I joined Yaro's blog Mastermind program that things really took off. Once I joined Yaro's program I was able to truly grow and I can easily say that was what enabled me to get to where I'm at. One word of caution however for people considering mentors is that mentors don't do the work for you. You'll get out what you put into any program.

      • pushingsocial

        Love the idea of starting your own "Surf Travel Company". I would definitely be interested in being your first clients (if you include lessons). Obviously your are Crushing It – it's nice to see that the basics still work

    • http://winterbluescoach.com Marsha Stopa

      Thanks for this perspective, Stanford. Thought provoking.

      Default interest vs. closet obsession. Boy, that sums it up. I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living.

      What I'm blogging about now is one manifestation of my passion to help people change their lives and find deeper meaning. And yeah, I have been doing that all along. I fully expect that as I get better at the helping people change part, the topic around which I do it will change.

      I mean, who knows what the next 6,000 hours will bring?

      Keep up the good thinking.

      Marsha
      P.S. I just discovered we're neighbors. I'm in Ferndale.
      My recent post How light therapy helps seasonal depression

      • pushingsocial

        "I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living" – This is the unfortunate part isn't it? I wish companies could find ways to better align work with passion.

    • http://winterbluescoach.com Marsha Stopa

      Thanks for this perspective, Stanford. Thought provoking.

      Default interest vs. closet obsession. Boy, that sums it up. I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living.

      What I'm blogging about now is one manifestation of my passion to help people change their lives and find deeper meaning. And yeah, I have been doing that all along. I fully expect that as I get better at the helping people change part, the topic around which I do it will change.

      I mean, who knows what the next 6,000 hours will bring?

      Keep up the good thinking.

      Marsha
      P.S. I just discovered we're neighbors. I'm in Ferndale.
      My recent post How light therapy helps seasonal depression

    • http://winterbluescoach.com Marsha Stopa

      Thanks for this perspective, Stanford. Thought provoking.

      Default interest vs. closet obsession. Boy, that sums it up. I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living.

      What I'm blogging about now is one manifestation of my passion to help people change their lives and find deeper meaning. And yeah, I have been doing that all along. I fully expect that as I get better at the helping people change part, the topic around which I do it will change.

      I mean, who knows what the next 6,000 hours will bring?

      Keep up the good thinking.

      Marsha
      P.S. I just discovered we're neighbors. I'm in Ferndale.
      My recent post How light therapy helps seasonal depression

      • pushingsocial

        "I think I've chased default interests for most of my life, partly because they were more conventional ways to make a living" – This is the unfortunate part isn't it? I wish companies could find ways to better align work with passion.

    • http://www.socialbutterflyclt.com Bridget Larkin

      Awesome, thanks for sharing this thought.
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    • http://www.socialbutterflyclt.com Bridget Larkin

      Awesome, thanks for sharing this thought.
      My recent post Ninja Job Search Trick Using LinkedIn

    • http://www.socialbutterflyclt.com Bridget Larkin

      Awesome, thanks for sharing this thought.
      My recent post Ninja Job Search Trick Using LinkedIn

    • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

      Interesting post, but naaa, not bothered by the 10,000 hours rule.
      I won't say I'm blogging about my 'passion' either, that's too strong a word. However I would say I'm blogging about something I'm highly fascinated by and it sort of ties in to you #5 point. Blogging to teach myself and hopefully in the process force myself to teach others, which would help me learn as well..
      It works for me so far, so I aint complaining!
      My recent post Why Blogging on SEO-Blogging Wont Stop

      • pushingsocial

        Question for you. What the difference between passion and fascination (BTW: I talk alot about both on this blog)?

        • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

          Hmmmm… I'll have to say fascination is a more tamed type of passion. Passion for me means I'll literally live and breath whatever it is but fascination means you're highly interested by it and willing to learn more.
          I'm sure some people would use it interchangeable but I just think passion is a mighty strong word which I won't want to misuse :)

    • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

      Interesting post, but naaa, not bothered by the 10,000 hours rule.
      I won't say I'm blogging about my 'passion' either, that's too strong a word. However I would say I'm blogging about something I'm highly fascinated by and it sort of ties in to you #5 point. Blogging to teach myself and hopefully in the process force myself to teach others, which would help me learn as well..
      It works for me so far, so I aint complaining!
      My recent post Why Blogging on SEO-Blogging Wont Stop

    • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

      Interesting post, but naaa, not bothered by the 10,000 hours rule.
      I won't say I'm blogging about my 'passion' either, that's too strong a word. However I would say I'm blogging about something I'm highly fascinated by and it sort of ties in to you #5 point. Blogging to teach myself and hopefully in the process force myself to teach others, which would help me learn as well..
      It works for me so far, so I aint complaining!
      My recent post Why Blogging on SEO-Blogging Wont Stop

      • pushingsocial

        Question for you. What the difference between passion and fascination (BTW: I talk alot about both on this blog)?

        • http://seo.tolafamakinwa.net Tola

          Hmmmm… I'll have to say fascination is a more tamed type of passion. Passion for me means I'll literally live and breath whatever it is but fascination means you're highly interested by it and willing to learn more.
          I'm sure some people would use it interchangeable but I just think passion is a mighty strong word which I won't want to misuse :)

    • http://michelletripp.com michelletripp

      Hi Stanford! Great post as always. Glad you asked the question! Yes, I'm definitely blogging about my passion. There's nothing more rewarding than helping a person or a company find clarity, purpose, and redirect their energies and focus to achieve business success. I'm passionate about helping them embrace the discoveries and turn them into action, and grow. Business to me is the perfect combination of science and art. And now that technology (one of my other passions) is driving brands, I'm in heaven!

      @michelletripp
      My recent post Should Social Media Voice Change During a Brand Crisis

      • pushingsocial

        Your passion shows Michelle. Great that you've been able to get alignment between your work and your passion. Would love to see/read how you've done it.

    • http://michelletripp.com michelletripp

      Hi Stanford! Great post as always. Glad you asked the question! Yes, I'm definitely blogging about my passion. There's nothing more rewarding than helping a person or a company find clarity, purpose, and redirect their energies and focus to achieve business success. I'm passionate about helping them embrace the discoveries and turn them into action, and grow. Business to me is the perfect combination of science and art. And now that technology (one of my other passions) is driving brands, I'm in heaven!

      @michelletripp
      My recent post Should Social Media Voice Change During a Brand Crisis

    • http://michelletripp.com michelletripp

      Hi Stanford! Great post as always. Glad you asked the question! Yes, I'm definitely blogging about my passion. There's nothing more rewarding than helping a person or a company find clarity, purpose, and redirect their energies and focus to achieve business success. I'm passionate about helping them embrace the discoveries and turn them into action, and grow. Business to me is the perfect combination of science and art. And now that technology (one of my other passions) is driving brands, I'm in heaven!

      @michelletripp
      My recent post Should Social Media Voice Change During a Brand Crisis

      • pushingsocial

        Your passion shows Michelle. Great that you've been able to get alignment between your work and your passion. Would love to see/read how you've done it.