Ten Thousand Hours

Nothing good falls into your hands, it’s why every day is so important

Think of every hour as a piece of paper, right, by itself very little weight, very little significance but committing to the grind every day causes each piece to stack up

And before you know it, you’ve transformed yourself and your ability and that’s what people don’t see, that stack being built piece by piece

What they see is the finish line as it’s crossed one by one, they see 30 seconds, they didn’t see ten thousand hours

But you did, it’s why you hold your head high

It’s why you can smile to yourself when people talk about you, quote on quote, being born with talent

It’s why you’re looking at them from the podium.

First of all, watch this video. Watch it a couple times, watch it as if it were more than just some words and some music. Watch it as if it’s more than something meant to pump you up for a bit. Listen to these words until they make you feel uncomfortable, until they make you see the pathetic attempts from your past, the weaknesses, the doubt, the procrastination. Wait until you feel so uncomfortable that you want to reduce everything to just pretty but empty words.

Your brain telling you that it’s okay to be average.

It’s okay to dream and wake up heartbroken each day.

To die with a ton of regrets.

To aimlessly wander through life.

It’s okay.

But is it, though?

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12 thoughts on “Ten Thousand Hours

  1. Well, it’s not NOT Ok to be average – it’s down to each individual what they choose to be isn’t it?
    Or more importantly WHO they choose to be.

    Social media pundits in their ever constant and continuour motivational talks – tell us that it’s not ok to be average, we have to be all we can be, but we have to be who we are to be to be happy. If you are happy with who you are, then that is more important. Once your confidence is achieved for you personally, then you can be who ever you want to be – if you wish to be average or above average it always comes down to you.

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    • The idea is that one should take an educated decision. But that is the tricky part: an educated decision means knowing both sides of the coin. It is easy to be average, but not so to be great. You can say that greatness is not worth it, but unless you’ve tasted it, unless you’ve paid the price, you’re just rationalizing.

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      • Indeed, this then opens up another question – how do we define ‘average’ to not average and also how do we also define greatness? What is great to one is not great to another. Age old l feel Cristian – people say normal, l say define it – people struggle to define typical normal because there is no such thing, same as perfection, we can achieve great perfection but it will never be ever lasting purely momentary.

        I wonder if the term should be ‘average?’ Or perhaps ‘Achiever? Challenger?’ These l think are more defining and descriptive – what do you think?

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        • Average is something that most people do. It’s also weak, lazy, mentally and physically so. It demands little of our intelligence, creativity, or even energy. Average is doing the minimum required to get the job done, if even that.

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  2. Indeed. Today is another day or I will follow through on my goals. And then I will do the dishes. And then I will pick up my children. And then I will show compassion to my husband and my family and take care of my body. And I will pray and stay in gratitude got what IS working not what IS NOT. And I will allow myself to fail. And tomorrow I will start again.

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