The 10,000 Hour Rule. Have you heard of it?
Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule, based on a study by the psychologist K. Andrés Ericsson in the 1990s at Berlin's elite Academy of Music, is an excellent example to go on when it comes to wondering whether Master should be in your title.
The emerging picture from the study is that 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, and chess players, this number comes up again and again. It seems like it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery. The 10,000-hour rule misses one major nuisance however. Extensive experience is necessary to reach very high levels of performance, but extensive experience does not invariably lead to expert levels of achievement.
"Some types of experience, such as merely executing proficiency during routine work, may not result in further improvement," writes Ericsson. "After a certain point, further improvement depends on deliberate efforts to change particular aspects of performance."
In other words, just accruing 10,000 hours at something will not make you world-class. For example, we have all been driving many years. But we aren't more qualified to drive in the Indianapolis 500 than a 17-year-old who just got his license.
There's nothing magical about 10,000 hours; it's how you spend them.
You need what psychologists call "deliberate practice" to develop expertise. When most people practice, they focus on the things they already know how to do. Deliberate practice involves stepping outside your comfort zone, which entails considerable, specific, and sustained efforts. Research shows it is only by working at what you can't do that you turn into the expert you want to become. The takeaway here is that while hard work is instrumental and necessary, it isn't enough. Meaning, it's not how many hours you log with tweezers in your hand, but how much quality time you spend honing your craft with them that matters. It isn't enough to just show up every day. If the goal is to get better, than you have to make every moment, nay, every lash, count, Every minute of your day is the building block to your success.
This deliberate practice is the difference between extremely successful people and everyone else. Becoming world class at lashing takes an extraordinary amount of work. As Malcolm Gladwell illustrates, it takes a minimum of 10 years of practice before you can expect to start achieving mastery. Along the way, you have to practice like you're possessed. This kind of deliberate practicing that leads to success takes a level of commitment, dedication, patience, focus, and resilience that is impossible without an essential ingredient.
The only way to dedicate yourself entirely to something -- to be all in, every single day, is if you're passionate about it. You have to love it. The people who make it to the top of the lash world are addicted to their craft. They jump out of bed every morning excited about doing their work and then spend the rest of the day obsessing over it. Nowhere is there a better example of this than the Wright Brothers. My favorite author, Simon Sinek, lectured in one of the best TED Talks ever, in my opinion, on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” In it, he tells the little-known story of Samuel Pierpont Langley: “Back in the early twentieth century, the pursuit of powered man flight was like the dot-com of the day-everybody was trying it.” Samuel Langley had, by almost every metric, everything he needed to succeed. He was funded by the U.S. government and had an unlimited budget. “He held a seat at Harvard and worked at the Smithsonian, and was extremely well connected; he knew all the biggest minds of the day. He hired the top engineers and physicists to help him, and the market conditions were as optimal as they could be.
The New York Times followed him around everywhere, and everyone was rooting for Langley,” Sinek continues. “A few hundred miles away, in Dayton, Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright had none of what we consider to be the recipe for success. They had no money; they bootstrapped their dream with the proceeds of their bicycle shop. Not a single person on the Wright brothers’ team had a college education, including Orville and Wilbur; and the New York Times followed them around nowhere.” So why have we never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley, whereas the Wright Brothers are a household name? Sinek explains that Orville and Wilbur Wright were motivated by a cause, while a result is what motivated Langley.
The Wright brothers had a purpose, a larger WHY. “They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it would change the course of the world.” Langley, who did not share their enthusiasm for flight, was driven only by the prospect of wealth and fame.
The people who believed in the Wright brothers’ dream worked with them 'blood, sweat, and tears.' Langley’s team 'just worked for a paycheck.'"
When the Wright brothers took flight on December 17, 1903, Langley quit. He could have marveled over their discovery and sought to improve upon their technology, but he didn’t.
He wasn’t first; he didn’t get rich, he didn’t get famous, so he quit.”
The truth is, for all his funding and resources, Langley never stood a chance. PASSION will out-perform drive every time because passion breeds a bulletproof level of resilience. And if you’re trying to be the best at something, if you’re trying to change the world, you’re going to need it, because it’s going to be incredibly hard.
Passion is the antidote to setbacks, disadvantages, ridicule, and bad luck – all of which you’re going to encounter repeatedly if you’re chasing excellence. Passion allows you to persevere when any other person would quit. If you’re going to be the best lash artist in the world, the ones who others whisper about, then you’re going to need an absurd amount of passion.
At Lash Affair Academy, we are committed to helping those who are passionate and who want to perfect their craft. We have spent years mastering the process required to teach lash artists effectively. We guarantee that we will be passionate about teaching you and will provide you with every tool possible to make sure you're given every advantage in pursuit of your passion.
It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. It requires sacrifice. But I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s worth it!”
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