Our skills are a part of our story. Our skillset is a part of who we are just as history, passion, and values are.
How many hours of practice does it take to become a master at a skill? That is the question people much smarter than me study.
10,000 hours is the “number of greatness” according to a book my Malcolm Gladwell and based on the research of some science dude back in the 1990’s.
This equates to, roughly, about 20 years or practice, 90 minutes a day.
I always thought that being an expert is knowing something better than someone else. Okay, I know that is a little shallow.
Now, new research is questioning. Nevertheless, you know what makes someone an expert is a continuous practice for a very long time.
Stevie Vai was known to have done this when he once outlined a course for practicing the guitar. Apparently, he practiced the guitar up to 10 hours a day. Vai is now considered one of the best guitarists in music. Go figure.
The point is, we have skills, and we have practiced those skills for a very long time. We are better than most people at those skills.
Our skills are a part of our story. Our skillset is a part of who we are just as history, passion, and values are. Remember those three? We just finished emails in the past three weeks outline the importance of each of those core elements of a story.
Have you ever watched the movies about Ip Man? I was recently introduced to the movies from an email marketing guru and ended up watching all three within a weekend. Seriously, if you have Netflix, check them out.
Ip Man was the guy credited as one of the most important teachers of the Wing Chun martial arts form and known as the teacher of Bruce Lee. Throughout the movies, you will see Ip Man practicing his craft during downtimes. He used his patented Wing Chun wooden dummy.
The moves were the same. Over and over again. Not changing anything. During the fight scenes, you can actually recognize the moves as the same ones he used when practicing.
Do you have a skill that you can teach? This is a part of your story. How did you learn those skills? What led you to want to learn that skills?