Time to blow an old theory out the window.
You’ve no doubt heard of the saying that to be successful in anything – be that sport, business, whatever, you need to have 10,000 hours of experience under your belt.
Well apparently it’s wrong.
And I must’ve been living under a rock, cause the research and the bloke who’s come out with this statement isn’t exactly hot off the presses.
Seems like it’s a couple of years old.
I was listening to a podcast last week and they were talking about how being a specialist at an early age for an athlete is actually worse (for success and also risk of injury) then someone who tries a bit of everything.
Which got me intrigued.
So I dug a little deeper and found this piece in the NY Times from the author they had on, David Epstein (no, not the other Epstein grub).
Now, like anything, don’t take it as black or white. Sure, some people end up successful in any field from starting young and sticking at it.
But plenty of others, as the research found, have tried a few different things.
“Increasingly the advantage is going to generalists who have broad integrative skills” and that’s across the board in business, music and sports to name three categories.
So don’t despair if you feel you haven’t reached your “10,000 hours” so to speak.
Especially when it comes to fitness.
You don’t need close to that to get results luckily.
I’d argue you can even see the difference after a couple of weeks of starting a new commitment, or changing up the old one you were doing.
What do you think?
PS – if you need help getting some results with your training, I’d love to help you out. Just reach out and hit reply and let me know what you’re looking for.