Genius And Insanity: Do You Need To Be Crazy To Be The Best?
Eric Barker stashed this in Expert
Do you have to be obsessed to get to "10,000 hours"?
In short, YES.
If you are at the cutting edge then you are going to bleed.
I’ve posted a lot about “deliberate practice” and the work habits of geniuses. They’re relentless.
“Sooner or later,” Pritchett writes, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”
Great follow-ups from Eric's article:
If you want a healthy amount of what they had, what should you do next?
Start educating yourself. Which of the below is your weak spot?
Click, read and improve:
Read all of "Genius and Insanity", including stories about Steve Jobs:
What is the healthy amount ? And is it really worth it.
What is often missed here is that the 10,000 (or any hour) needs to be "intentional practice" with the focus on seeking to become better... not simply rote practice or ritual.
And the better one is at intentional practice with mindful exploration of becoming better, the less 10,000 hours matters at all, or even makes sense. Progress is what progress does in practice of the fundamentals...
And the fundamentals need consistent, unbroken experience to bring the awareness into discovery – enough time each day and enough days in a row. A few hours a day for 100 days in a row seems to work for most all breakthroughs... but who applies themselves in such a manner?
The Insane: merely doing the same thing over and over again and expecting better results
The Adepts: doing the same thing over and over again enough to discover how to get better results
The Masters: having done the same thing enough to marrow it and get any result they want from it