How do you Achieve 10,000 Hours of Personal Growth?

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The idea that it takes 10,000 hours of activity to master a skill – whether it be the ability to play a musical instrument, write poetry, or design buildings – has fairly securely lodged itself in the mainstream. For those interested, on a practical level it roughly equates to 5 years of full time (5 hours per day) of work.

Recently, the world-renowned personal growth expert Steve Pavlina was asked what activities he undertook to get in his 10,000 hours. His write-up (linked to below) made for very interesting, not to mention inspiring, reading. Here are some of the things he mentioned…

Lots of reading: He has read thousands of books throughout his life. Everything from relationships to productivity.

Deep-Dives: These are all-out immersions in a new topic. They involve completely surrounding yourself, for up to thirty days, in the materials and experiences needed to learn a new subject or skill.

Choose personal growth as a lifestyle: For Steve Pavlina, personal growth is more than just a side-activity. It motivates and directs everything he does. There’s an important lesson in this. Many true masters were utterly dedicated to their craft.

Identify and face personal fears: Our fears are one of our biggest limiting factors. Facing irrational worries and anxieties and overcoming them is one of the most important things you can do to carve out a path of true personal growth.

Build Skills: This is similar to the “deep dive” point. Learning new skills to a basic level can add to your main skillset in unexpected ways. Say for example, that you’re a writer. Learning stand-up comedy could give you the ability to imbue your work with humour.

Don’t rank yourself: Comparing yourself to others is a sure way to lose sight of your own unique gifts and talents. Those who are better than you should be admired and learned from, not envied.

Click here to learn more about mastering the game of personal growth

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