I find myself fascinated with “why” people are in the positions they are in. For example was Kobe Bryant born with this “God-Given” talent or did he work his butt off day in and day out to become KOBE….?
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great Book in 2008 with a theory that you can become a master at anything by doing it for 10,000 hours.
Is this true? Could I play at the level of Kobe by playing basketball for 10,000 hours… or would I even want to?
Do movie stars like Julia Roberts or George Clooney get “lucky” or do they just out work everyone else?
I think we have to really ask ourselves: “How badly do we want the reward”?
Would we even be able to put 10,000 hours into our craft?
From what I have learned in my 30 years… I think it is a little luck and a lot of determination and practice!
I look at the workout regime of Tiger Woods, every morning he starts his day at 5:30am hitting 500 golf balls… many of us can’t even get out of bed that early let alone hit 500 golf balls.
The steps that we take and the routines that we create on a daily basis lead us to exactly where we are in our lives.
The hours that we put in to the craft that we want to master, is a direct result of the level that we practice our craft.
If we want to be a CrossFit Games athlete at a competitive level we need to workout (on a full-time basis) wake up when others are sleeping, lift heavy weights when others are at happy hour, and practicing movements to there are no holes in your chain. When friends want to party you are sleeping to make sure you get your 8-10 hours in night.
Are the sacrifices for the goal worth the amount of hours and dedication that it will take to make it happen?
The 2012 Olympic Summer Games are right around the corner and think of the hours that were dedicated to these athletes sport… they have basically had to eat, sleep, and breathe their goal in order to get to be on their road to London!
But what about the athletes that just barely missed it? They worked just as hard as everyone else so why were they not going too? Is this the luck part?
So Fit Ones I leave you with this…
Do you think it is luck or pure determination?
Post in the comments below.