In an article on aish.com called “Outliers: A Jewish Perspective“, Hannah Kaufman writes about the idea that often the key to success is just putting in the time.
This is such an important idea for me. Not because I didn’t supposedly know this before. But because of the number that Malcolm Gladwell mentions in his book on this topic. (The article is about the book’s ideas from a Jewish perspective.)
The number: 10,000. 10,000 hours.
Talk about perspective.
I want to be a successful writer, whatever that means. And I figure that if I’ve put in around ten hours a week for maybe five months (this is a very unexact estimate), then I still have 9,785 hours to go.
To some this might seem desparing. To me it’s hopeful. Because it reminds me that it’s logical that I still haven’t become the most famous writer in the world. I’ve still got a few hours to go until success.
And meanwhile, I need to just keep at it.