10, 000 hours
I ran some calculations. If I worked 8 hours a day (no weekends or holidays or any other breaks) on my craft, then I could become good in about 3 and 1/2 years.
Three and a half years
Or let us suppose that I only worked 8 hours a day for 5 days a week for 50 weeks out of the year. Then I could be good in 5 years.
Perhaps I do not write that much. Perhaps I write 2 hours a day for 4 days a week for 50 weeks out of the year. In that case, I could be good in 25 years.
Yikes. How is this inspiring? Believe it or not, I think it is. I like to have goals in mind. I like to know that if I keep working, I will eventually become good. And the older you get (and the more you realize how many years your schooling requires), the shorter these times seem. So these time frames, instead of jumping out to me with how terribly long they are, they rather jump out at me with a "hang in there...you just haven't been doing this long enough yet...you WILL get good at this." And, in my opinion, that is encouraging.
And maybe we are closer than we think. Perhaps some of our thinking time, our research time, or our I-am-watching-a-movie time counts for some of this. Maybe we are closer to becoming good -- really good -- than anyone imagined. Now, THAT is encouraging.
Hang in there!
You are closer than you think!
It's time to become good at what we do -- really good.
Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
Daniel 1:19-20 Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.