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By Eizu Uwaoma
Just a while ago, I read of an emotional story of a once depressed man who was stoned and booed off stage in a freshman’s year concert in Hampton.
They introduced him as John Stephens and the crowd didn’t know or like him. He got off that stage, began to build his 10000hrs. He left to become better and few years later, he returned with multiple Grammy Awards and a name, *John Legend*!
EVERYBODY’S FIRST WORK IS CRAPPY, even Da Vinci’s art and Jean Michel’s build up to Basquearts graffiti paintings; they were terrible!
The Beatles used to be an ordinary Rock Band in the UK. Tired of the cycle of ordinary, they left London for Hamburg. And within that period, between 1960 to1964, they became better by performing over 1 200 times at Live in Hamburg (that’s over 10000 Hours of cumulative work). So by the time they came back to England, history has it that they performed like no other. Today, they are the most successful music group of all time.
In psychology it is called the 10,000 Hour Rule. It declares that anyone can reach mastery if grit can be sustained for up to 10,000 hours of trying to do the same thing. Amateurs practice till they get it right; pros practice till they can’t get it wrong. Listen, “it’s not what you don’t have that stops you, it’s what you have but don’t know how to use”!
In Quality Assurance and Management, according to Six Sigma and Kaizen (two highest Quality Assurance practice in the world), they introduced the concept of Cumulative Advantage over Compensation Advantage as a way of Building Competitive Advantage. In summary, the best path to growth and excellence is to do your best (even if it seems not good enough). And the next time, get better at that best. #CumulativeAdvantage #10000HourRule
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t. Do your best this time. Do better than your best next time!
Compiled by Olumide Morolayo