In Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, Matthew Seyd boasts that you can be the best in the world at anything in the world simply by devoting a thousand hours a year of dedicated practice to it for roughly ten years. Breeze.
Want to be a world famous violin player? It’s doable. Feel like you ought to get being a tennis champion out of your system by 35? Get started now. Be terrified and invest serious time in learning a new skill. It could be the best idea you’ve ever had.
“Purposeful practice is about striving for what is just out of reach and not quite making it; it is about grappling with tasks beyond current limitations and falling short again and again. Excellence is about stepping outside the comfort zone, training with a spirit of endeavour, and accepting the inevitability of trials and tribulations. Progress is built, in effect, upon the foundations of necessary failure. That is the essential paradox of expert performance.” — Matthew Syed