In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers (highly recommended), Gladwell reasons that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to become an expert at your craft. The world’s greatest musicians, business tycoons and programmers practiced for nearly 10,000 hours before reaching “rock star” status.
How many hours per week is that?
10,000 Hours / 10 Years
1,000 Hour per Year
19 Hours per Week
According the Gladwell, if you want to become phenomenal at something in less than 10 years, it requires less than 3 hours per day of practice.
Who has an extra 3 hours a day? According to Nielsen, Americans spend 34 hours a week watching TV. (view study) In other words, in the amount of time we spending watching TV over 10 years, we could become world class at 2 different skills. If we cut our TV time in half, we could still master our passion.
Imagine if Bill Gates spent his time watching M*A*S*H instead of programming.
What if the Beatles tuned into The Beverly Hillbillies instead of picking up guitars?
What could you accomplish if you cut your TV time in half?