Thursday, November 11, 2010

Are You Training Right Now?

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin

I saw my little 12 year old sister playing a video game online yesterday. I asked her if she is training to be an expert video game player one day. 

We are all training for something. It might not be something we have thoughtfully considered. We spend time watching silly viral videos, reading Hollywood gossip, watching too much useless TV.  Those are hours we are training towards being a viral video expert, Hollywood Gossip expert.... You get the picture.

Better we should spend those hours more strategically by training for our goals.

It takes 10k hours to become an expert at something according to Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers. So what are we spending your time on? Will it be something worth while?

Plot your day in a pie chart
Each of us has the same amount of time as Thomas Edison had per day. Edison applied for over 1,000 patents during his life time. Take a serious look at what you spend your time on.

Write down the things you spend your time on and ask yourself does this help me achieve any of my goals (personal, career, family, community, health). If not, see if you can delegate this task to someone else or just quit doing it!

Becoming an expert in something will take 10 thousand hours. Each hour you loose not achieving mastery is an hour you can't get back. Time is not a renewable resource. Its your life, make it count.

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