The thing that truly distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she is willing to work and does the work that is necessary. That’s it. The thing about this is that the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. The people at the top work much, much harder.
“Researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
Some great quotes from the book:
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
“Those three things-autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward-are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.”
“if you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”
“We normally think of the expressions on our face as the reflection of an inner state. I feel happy, so I smile. I feel sad, so I frown. Emotion goes inside out. Emotional contagion, though, suggests that the opposite is also true. If I can make you smile, I can make you happy. If I can make you frown, I can make you sad. Emotion, in this sense, goes outside in.”
What I’ve taken away from this book
This book really got me thinking about how the decisions I have made through the opportunities that I have had throughout my life, have led me to who I am today. Therefore, if I want more successes, I need to be able to identify certain opportunities when they happen and then choose how I react to these situations.
There are times in each of our lives that we have things happen to us. Relationships fail, jobs are lost, and in some cases people die. This is all part of life and it is the way that we react to these situations that truly determines where we are going to go with our life. It’s the decisions that we make that ultimately affect our outcome in life.
The cool thing about this is that if you want to become better, you can. You just need to be willing to put the time in (10,000 hours) in order to become better. Work harder than everyone else and take advantage of YOUR opportunities while you have them. There really is no better time than now to start.
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