According to author, musician, neuro-scientist, Daniel Levitin in his book; “This is Your Brain on Music” ( a New York Times best-seller, Plume Printing 2006) , an expert or master of any craft is measured by that person practicing their craft for 10,000 hours.
Here is how Daniel Levitin puts it… The emerging scientific picture is that 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again.
Now how long is ten thousand hours? It is equal to roughly 3 hours of practice a day, or twenty hours a week, of practice for ten years. Of course some people never reach mastery, which is not really explainable yet. But, no one has found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery. -Daniel Levitin
On a personal note…
This theory totally resonates with me personally and why I feel comfortable calling myself a Master artist/craftsman. I have easily put in 10,000 hours and feel confident with my skills and knowledge to solve any problem in the field of artistic blacksmithing.
the nerve of some people’s superficiality annoys me ..
i mean, i understand we are living in modern materialistic times where our values have boiled down to what we own rather than who we are..
but to apply this same objective like thinking towards a partner or person of interest is truly sad
and then people wonder why i am the closed book that i am…
i’ve perfected&accepted my qualities as an individual and in retrospect i am content with who i am and what i am capable of
however i have also learned that living in this world your true quality as a person cannot be worn like your favourite shirt everyday, there is almost a need to “dumb yourself down” for the simple fact that certain people/places/things in this life will not accept the true quality of a person
the quality of anything (material or not) can be tarnished in the matter of seconds; there are a million things one can think of to argue this .. but its impossible to avoid or dodge every messy stain life tries to leave you with
in conclusion this means i value ones quality.. or at first impression.. the lack there of
i don’t look for a person’s immediate, true quality upon meeting them.. i prefer one to be closed, and eventually unfolded rather than already open & exposed .. if that makes sense
“Good and Evil are very hard to explain or understand. I’m sure that evil exists, but it is hard to isolate. Good and evil are intertwined and impossible to separate. They are not completely opposites and in fact are often one and the same.”—Keith Haring (via keith-haring)
“Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn’t make you strong. If anything, it makes you weaker. Because you’re doing it out of fear.”—Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby (via hell—inhighheels)
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”—Bob Moawad