In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell made an interesting observation: that people who rose above the rest and achieved incredible success in their respective endeavors all have one thing in common: they spent at least 10,000 hours learning and internalizing and perfecting their crafts. The 10,000-hour theory was originally formulated by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at Florida State University.
Practice the cello 10,000 hours, become the next Yo-Yo Ma?
That applies to all the top artists, musicians, writers, and business leaders. Wayne Gretzky played hockey for 10,000 hours growing up. Bill Gates spent 10,000 hours programming computers. Yo-Yo Ma spent 10,000 hours practicing the cello and violin. And so on. They all spent 10,000 hours or more doing what they do, and were born at the right time to have opportunities presented to them.