Preparation precedes performance

  1. The 10 000 hours rule — he mentions that every person who ever became great at something didn’t spend less than 10 000 hours practising their craft. He quotes The Beatles who used to play eight hours a day, seven days a week, months on end at a club in Germany before they went to the United States of America, becoming “an overnight sensation”. Gladwell notes that, be it The Beatles, or Tiger Woods or Mozart, “overnight sensation” is not entirely true as they all spent years of their lives perfecting their skills.
  2. A support network — Tiger Woods’ father, apart from coaches and other support personnel, helped him succeed with golf. Leonardo da Vinci, at fifteen years old, sat under the famous painter, Verrocchio, as his apprentice. Over and over again, it has been found that greatness is not achieved in isolation of others who support, encourage and even participate in the endeavours.
  1. Focus on your giftedness — work really hard on perfecting your skill. Your passion will drive you to learn from mistakes and to strive towards a place of mastery.
  2. Find opportunities to use your gifts — Trevor notes that as you give freely of your gifts, opportunities start presenting themselves.
  3. Build a support network around you — this diverse group should not only encourage you, but also challenge your approach, methodology and work ethic.
  4. Help others — ensure that you censure selfishness and focus on assisting humanity. This outward focus on the needs of others brings balance and wisdom.

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