Steverino's recipe for becoming an expert...

G'day my productive amigo...

Seven and a half years ago, Malcolm Gladwell took the business world by storm with his best-selling book, Outliers. In it, Gladwell famously shared the '10,000 hour rule'...

He argued that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become great in any given field. 

Gladwell's theory was recently debunked by a series of studies (88 in total) at Princeton. 

The smart folks over at Princeton found that practice accounted for just a 12% difference in performance.

Sorry, Malcolm...

Nothing personal. 

So, what does it take to become an ex-purt?

In my experience it's two little things:

Obsession and discipline.

Yup, obsession coupled with discipline is what sets the best of the best from the rest of the mediocre pack. 

Obsession literally means, 'to be possessed'. Think of it like a dog on a bone, or King James attacking the rim, or a teenage kid binge-playing Minecraft. You get my point. 

Whatever 'it' is, the best of the best usually are all-in. 

Discipline comes from the root word disciple, which means 'follower, believer, or devotee'. A famous friend of mine once said, 'If you want to know what someone believes, then watch how they live'.

I couldn't agree more...

Here's a simple equation of what I'm talking about when I'm talking about becoming an expert...

  • Obsession - Discipline = Addiction (Not sustainable)
  • Discipline - Obsession = Routine (Not enjoyable)
  • Obsession + Discipline = Mastery (Enjoyable and sustainable)

In order to become an expert you have to find something you're super passionate about, and willing to sacrifice almost everything (within reason) for...

So, what about you? 

Are you addicted?

Stuck in a routine?

Or, are you on your way towards mastery?

I'd love to know.

Here's to punching above your weight in pursuit of a worthy cause...

Steve Knox

PS. I'm still accepting expressions of interest for my inner circle of world-changers, hustlers and smart people looking to put a dent in the universe. 

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