04 January 2018
"You're almost a blogger"
Meaning: “You’re almost a professional”. This was said a colleague of mine yesterday in regards to my blogging. It’s not the first time I’ve heard something similar.
It’s been widely popularised by Malcolm Gladwell that we need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice in order to become an expert or a master at something. That’s not a small undertaking. It’s often going to require huge sacrifices, lots of money, and plenty of pain. I wonder how many people don’t even start something new because the prospect of putting themselves through this is just too daunting?
But, what if, instead of aiming for ‘expert’ or ‘master’ we instead aimed for ‘expert enough’?
In this world of specialisation - where society says you have to pick one thing and see it through to mastery - I think we’d all benefit from lowering the bar slightly. How many wonderful new artists, filmmakers, writers, designers, architects and sports people might we have when we realise it takes a hell of a lot less to be expert enough?
After only 84 posts, and a three month break, it’s possible for someone to think I'm practically a professional at this. I wonder what incredible opportunities might open up from being expert enough. The only way to know for sure is to keep showing up day-in, day-out and taking some of the pressure off ourselves.