1. christin

    my boyfriend ALWAYS tells me this. i feel like somewhere he has a chart with all the hours i’ve logged!

  2. Nikki Rappaport

    Love this. Let it be inspiring though, don’t let it get you down. Beautiful poster too!

  3. Nat

    Love this- my high school swim coach used to always tell us the 10,000 hours rule as he called it but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder, I would def say I’m a “master” of the internet too

  4. Caryl @

    This is so true and a great reminder. I’m going to share on facebook. It pairs really well with the post that I did today…on being yourself. Everything takes practice and the only way you get better is to practice. You don’t need to be like everyone else.

  5. Miya @ Design Indulgences

    In other words…don’t expect results asap. Everything and sometimes success doesn’t happen overnight.

  6. Kate

    I have heard that before but never thought to break it down by hours and days. Hard work is the only way to get anywhere or be a master at anything.
    <3 Kate

  7. And Kathleen

    Lately I’ve been feeling like advice from those who are wildly successful is always “Do what you love. Stick with it.” But Gladwell also touts that a LOT of what contributes to being successful is simply being in the right place at the right time. Right now I feel like I’m balancing the patience needed for 10,000 hours with the stars aligning.

    In the meantime, I’ll keep practicing.

    P.S. I scrolled down to this post in my RSS reader and was thrilled to be slapped in the face with my own advice after feeling bad about not being better at hand lettering. Ha! xo!


    Better 10,000 working hard at something you love, than 10,000 hours, seeming like a lifetime, at something you hate!!!

  9. victoria | vmac+cheese

    I’ve read that book and whenever I’m learning something new, I try to remember that. It’s so easy to get frustrated with yourself, especially if you’re a perfectionist and ESPECIALLY in the blog world, where it becomes too easy to compare yourself to other people! Just keep trucking along and learning and growing…I’ve found that’s the key.

  10. Jolie Jouel

    That was so helpful to have the breakdown of 10 000 hours. I’ve often heard that stat but never knew what it really meant! 3 hours a day for 9 years totally put things into perspective!

  11. Sarah Morgan

    That book was such an eyeopener! Talent can only get you so far; you have to be willing to put in time and effort to really succeed!

  12. Brooke Shemwell

    I know I’m late to this post, but I like the message and glad you posted it. It lets me know I have many more hours needed to spend at my sewing machine. I, however, have master tanning next to my pool while reading magazines. 🙂

  13. Siren London

    I had tried to read that book, seems that I am a bit slow to understand it after a few pages. Thanks for featuring it, it saved me to read the book!


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