Make Money Online With 10000 Hours Experience

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Recently Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book about geniuses (Outliers: The Story of Success).  In it he argues that our notions of geniuses are mostly wrong.  We picture a genius as someone who, against all odds, rises to the top because of talent and special abilitie.

Gladwell claims that this view is wrong.  In fact, he argues, successful people got where there are not through special talent, but simply by practicing a lot.  The winners are those that have the most experience.  And most importantly have that experience before anybody else.

Becoming an Expert In Only 10000 Hours

It is claimed that 10000 hours is the time required to become a expert in a field.  And it does not matter which field.  It could be piano player, programmer, or accountant. 10000 hours of practice is required.  Only once you achieve this base amount of experience can you start trying to direct your experience into a specific direction and become the best.  Before you even try to be the best you better have 10000 hours of experience.

In the book Gladwell gives many examples.  Bill Gates had access to a computer before almost everybody else in the world.  While other kids where playing with hula hoops Bill was practicing his programming.  By the time computers became accessible to other people Bill had the 10000 hours under his belt.  A big advantage.

Other examples include Mozart, Gretzky, John Lennon.  All of these guys had some advantage that enabled them to get 10000 hours of experience before their competition.

I will be an Expert in 9,900 Hours

What does this mean for me?  I am just starting out in the online business world.  My total experience is ~100 hours.  And I know that I am starting out late.  Making money online has been around since at least 1995.  This puts me way behind.

First I need to gather 10000 hours of experience just to become an expert.  If I spend ~2 hours a day working on my website then I will gain the required expertise in 5000 days (13 years).  Only then I can begin to compete against other experts who have been around for a while.

This is not good.  People with 10000 hours of experience are already around and they are making money online.  But by the time I get my 10000 hours they will have 10000 more.  There is no way out of this conundrum.  I cannot become the Bill Gates, Gretzky, Mozart of the online money making industry.

The problem is that I started too late.  I can never become the best in this field.  There will always be somebody with more experience then me.  Somebody who will already know what I just “discovered”.

The only thing I can hope for is that Gladwell is wrong.  Well at least partly wrong.  I need some of my personal talent, whatever it is, to give me some advantage.  An advantage that lets me bypass 9,900 hours of experience.

  1. February 8th, 2009 at 18:01 | #1

    Great post. I really like this blog. It is very interesting to follow it.

  2. September 26th, 2009 at 18:04 | #2

    You should also check out a book called “Overachievement: The Science of Working less To Accomplish More” by John Eliot,Ph.d

    Eliot is a clinical psychologist who has studied overachievers in all forums from sports,business, music and politics.

    According to Eliot, one of the fundamental differences between overachievers and regular people is that overachievers “Think in terms of possibilities not probabilities”

    Speaking for myself, it is “possible” for me to either bypass Gladstone’s number or cram it into a shorter time frame (spending more time daily on my site)

    Or it is “possible” that being an “Expert” webmaster and being a financially “Successful” webmaster are two different things.

    In either case, I choose to live in the realm of “possibility”


    (Great site by the way!)

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