Ever looked at someone you admired and wished you could be more like them? What’s stopping you?
I can tell you one thing everybody has in common. Time. Time is the great equalizer. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. It’s what we choose to do with that time that makes us who we are.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about the 10,000 hour rule in his book Outliers: The Story of Success. It’s his belief that in order to be successful at anything in life, you need 10,000 hours of practice. Which means, if you practiced your craft for 10 hours per day, that craft would take you two years and nine months to master.
I think it can be done in a shorter amount of time.
Tim Ferriss (The 4 Hour Work Week) has mastered everything from languages to bodybuilding to the Tango in less than twelve months. And we’re talking world class master. Like in the top 5%. Winning awards.
I mastered researching, marketing, building and selling a blog in 24 months working only one hour per day.
Alex Tew did it in five months and made a million dollars.
Where are some areas of your life where you are wasting time? Here are a few of the places that I used to waste time: television, driving, playing online games, surfing the web, shopping, saying yes to things I didn’t want to do. Once I cut out these time wasters it freed me up to make better decisions about where to spend my time. Some of my biggest personal successes were born out of this recaptured time.
There’s an opportunity cost for every minute of your day. Where are you spending those minutes?
If you worried about how long it will take to get where you want to go…don’t. The time will pass anyway…