10,000-Hours & Success

Some time ago I, like much of the business world, read the well-known book, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. All of Gladwell’s works have something that sticks with me for a very long time- regarding Outliners, that is the second chapter: The 10,000-Hour Rule.
When this first came out, this concept of 10,000 hours to achieve success floated through the entrepreneur and business community slowly, but meaningfully. We all read it, we all acknowledged it as a reasonable theory- but what’s more- we started to examine ourselves to see if we actually have what it takes to succeed, and we started to question if our talent and opportunity was enough or if we needed something more.
The 10,000-hour rule, put simply is that to be successful there is a direct correlation to how hard you work to how successful you will be. The book uses several real life, documented examples of how people spent at least 10,000 hours practicing their craft to end up at the top of their field, while those who fall short of 10,000 hours never catch up.
We all already know this, hard work = success. The hard part to accept is that now there is an actual hour count to apply to it. If I spend 10,000 hours writing business plans, I will be an expert. If I spend 10,000 hours playing my violin I will be I brilliant musician. If I spend 10,000 hours writing this blog will I be any closer to success? Is that all it takes? Does that mean I can be successful from watching 10,000 hours of Netflix?
No. Watching Netflix isn’t a career choice, nor a plan to success. It does take more than that. (Unfortunately)
Talent, opportunity and hard work are the three legs of the stool. You need all three. Sometimes we encounter entrepreneurs who forget hard work is the number one thing they should be focused on. They get caught up in the fact that they have some talent in a particular area, and that they have been given an opportunity to make a successful business out of it- but they don’t want to do the work.
The reality is, you can’t rely on your employees, influencer connections, or even your marketing team to make it happen. You have to get down and dirty and do the work, put the hours in to make your dream a success. You need to start with a solid business plan, and a good understanding of what your role is in your business. No one is an island and can do everything all the time, so you must figure out where your strengths lie and delegate to others in the areas you don’t excel. Even so, no one should ever work harder on your business than you.
I’m still working on my 10,000 hours- how about you?