"... ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world class expert - in anything..." - Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers.I suppose if one was to practice something for ten thousand hours, it would be something he/she is passionate about. The first thing that comes to my mind that I have practiced over ten thousand hours is accounting. Having worked at a public accounting firm for over five years, that tips me over ten thousand hours. I feel like I have achieved the level of mastery to a certain extent and I also have to admit that I do enjoy my field of work, most of the time.
However, aside from work, I have a creative side. I have many many hobbies, but none of which I have committed a significant amount of time to. I took violin classes for a few years back in grade school and a semester of piano in college, but I never reached the point where I feel comfortable with the instrument. At times I would think it's because I don't have the "ears", being practically tone death, but I found hope!
"The closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play..." - Malcolm Gladwell's OutliersSo perhaps I could master a musical instrument... I will start working on my ten thousand hours with my electric keyboard, and one day, when I am able to play fluently, I shall reward myself with an acoustic piano.