I’ve always been interested enough in something to learn a little bit about it but will rarely commit to spend hours mastering something. I know a little bit about design. A little video. I can get around the world of wine. I play the guitar, but I’m no Jimi Hendrix. I know some basic formulas in Excel. I took some classes about coding. I always try to build furniture with my own hands before visiting IKEA. I know a little about a lot. In a world of focused experts that take 10-000 hours to perfect their craft, I’m more of an all-encompassing, 1000-Hour Pro.
The idea of a “10,000-hour expert” became popular through Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. He gleaned the research from K. Anders Ericsson, who showed that you become a true expert in an area when you spend 10,000 hours on one task. The implication is that when you focus your efforts for 10,000 hours on one task, you’ll be an expert and become successful.
I don’t come close to that 10,000-hour mark in any category. But in today’s world, that’s ok. In fact, I think it may even be even better.
That’s what you’ll find here. Encouragement for those of us who don’t focus on one thing. Assertions that staying broadly focused and always taking a learning attitude will equip you for the 21st Century more than locking in on one thing. Discussions with some 1,000-Hour-Pros and leaders about how they perceive the 1,000-Hour-Pro in their field. You’ll find a lot here because I’m a 1,000-Hour-Pro myself, and I am always learning and exploring something new.
You can reach out to the author of this blog, Taylor Snodgrass, at firstname.lastname@example.org.