In his book Outliers, author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea of the 10,000-hour rule, saying it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. Whether you agree or not with this premise, I think we can all agree with his statement that “practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good,” (Gladwell, 2008).
We often pay much attention to what successful people do, but rarely what they did to achieve that success. Why is it that some people are better at some things than others? What did they do to become experts? The answer is practice.
Other than some very rare exceptions, there’s no record of anyone having reached grandmaster level at chess, sports or anything really, without years of intense practice and dedication; some estimate an average of 10,000 hours. Now, this might sound like a lifetime, but given the global circumstances, what better time to start practicing than now? While the world patiently waits for a cure to COVID-19, millions of us are quarantined at home with loads of spare time on our hands. Instead of getting angry at the world and looking at it as a punishment, try to embrace it and take advantage of the time that has been given to you.
The value of time is often underestimated; it’s not until years later that we realize all the hours and days we lost hoping to have done things differently. As the world takes a pause from social interactions, traveling, massive consumption, etc, take a moment to figure out how you want to spend your days at home. As an educational institution, Texas Tech-Costa Rica encourages you to learn something new and expand your abilities and skills, for they will be of great value in the future. Don’t expect to be a virtuoso or anything close to that on the first try, be patient with yourself and make an effort to keep on going even if you fail at first, after all, nothing great ever came easy.