10,000 hours is what you would have to put in, if you wanted to be a proficient writer, artist, singer, dancer, programmer, designer, whatever.
10,000 hours sounds intimidating at first, but it’s doable.
10,000 hours is 2 hours of practice every day for 13 years. Or 3 hours of practice every day for 9 years.
Take your age. Add 9 years to it. By that age, you’d be an expert in your dream job, skill, ability, etc. And practicing 30 minutes a day would still make you pretty damn good.
But I know what you’re thinking. Something like: “I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker, but let’s get real Maria, I probably couldn’t become a good one. I’m just not a good writer, I don’t know anything about film, I don’t know where to start, how would I survive? etc. ”
The desire has to be greater than the fear and perceived risk, which often involves swallowing our pride and asking others for support.
If it is greater, then we get to this amazing place where practice and hard work make a real difference. This attribute is called grit, which you may feel tempted to shrug off, but it’s one of the greatest predictors of success. And why it’s so interesting to me personally is because women have been socialized NOT to develop grit. Little girls are praised differently than boys, for seemingly “fixed” traits like intelligence and beauty. And this greatly affects our self-efficacy.
Self-efficacy is the belief that you can actually obtain what you set your mind to — and is an essential component of creative confidence.
That’s why a “fixed mindset” is my number two obstacle to Creative Confidence in my playbook.
What about yourself do you believe can’t or won’t change with practice? It’s an interesting question worth exploring.
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My favorite new #flashwisdom mantra: It can all be practiced. Time to stop thinking you are naturally good at one thing and naturally bad at another. It can all be practiced. Make sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I share more of these pieces of #flashwisdom.