This weeks tip is from my former skiing broadcaster partner and 4 time US Winter Olympian, AJ Kitt. AJ was one of the top downhill skiers on the international circuit for over a decade.
The best in each sports are usually the hardest workers. The adage that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery is true.
AJ achieved a level of success very few athletes ever do – many time Olympian, World Cup winner, World Championship medalist – and yet he regrets not putting in the extra hours of practice that he saw others do during his career. This tells me two things: one, AJ had a LOT of talent, and two, don’t ever find yourself in a situation where your career is over and you wish you had worked harder.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23
With the start of the Rio Olympics just a week away, I thought this tip would help give a greater appreciation for all the hard work that each athlete puts in just to make the Olympics.
The idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a given field became more well known thanks to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. In his book, which I have yet to read, Gladwell points out the many hours of practice the Beatles did well before they became famous. By the time they hit the international scene in 1964 they had played over 1,200 concerts, mostly in small clubs in Hamburg, Germany. Many other bands won’t play in 1,200 concerts in their lifetime.
I often wonder how many hours I spent writing my novel, The Blue Team. I started the project in the fall of 1990 and didn’t publish the story until March of this year! There were many years where I put the project aside and didn’t touch it, but clearly I spent a lot of time on it. The finished novel is roughly 107,000 words, but sitting on my computer are twice that many that didn’t make the final cut.
Did I achieve mastery in the field of fiction writing? Hardly! But thanks to the Lord’s work in my life, His patience with me, and the many hours of work I put in, I believe He allowed me to master the story I wanted to tell. I’d love for you to read it. Feel free to email me or go online to order your copy today.