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There Are No Shortcuts!

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No substitute for hard work: The first major conclusion is that nobody is great without work. It’s nice to believe that if you find the field where you’re naturally gifted, you’ll be great from day one, but it doesn’t happen. There’s no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice.

Reinforcing that no-free-lunch finding is vast evidence that even the most accomplished people need around ten years of hard work before becoming world-class, a pattern so well established researchers call it the ten-year rule.

What about Bobby Fischer, who became a chess grandmaster at 16? Turns out the rule holds: He’d had nine years of intensive study. And as John Horn of the University of Southern California and Hiromi Masunaga of California State University observe, “The ten-year rule represents a very rough estimate, and most researchers regard it as a minimum, not an average.” In many fields (music, literature) elite performers need 20 or 30 years’ experience before hitting their zenith.

Bottom line…there are no shortcuts. I’m not sure when it happened or what caused it, but it seems that the past couple of generations of folks think they are entitled to ‘instant success’. They don’t want to wait, don’t believe they have to and want it NOW. I can appreciate the mad desire and ambition and know that it comes with an extremely dark side.

If compared to your peers, colleagues, friends or family you have achieved what looks like success, and you’ve done it in less than ten years; I would caution you to heed the findings of, “What It Takes To Be Great”. Time is not only the great equalizer; it is the only true measurement of achievement. Don’t be a one-hit-wonder, manifest your gifts over time and only then will you be recognized as the epitome of what your ambition is seeking, a celebration of your gifts, that the world recognizes as…GREAT!




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