A friend called tonight and told me about an interview she had seen with a talented classical musician turned rock star. The rock star was speaking to a group of budding musicians about how long it had taken him to craft his art. He told them he started playing music when he was ten years old and figured it took about 10,000 hours to do anything well. I think he is exactly right. You have to put in the time to be an expert.
Another insight the rock star shared was that he was self critical without being self punishing. I remembered the day my younger daughter rode a bike on her own. She had starts and misses and fell down quite a few times. But she approached this milestone with tenacity and delight. Learning can be frustrating and joyful. It’s the combination that makes the ride so worth it.
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