How To Become Insanely Great


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Malcolm Gladwell in his best-selling book, “Outliers“, makes the case that one needs to spend 10,000 hours mastering
a skill in order to be successful at that skill.

That’s 50 weeks, 40 hours per week.  One year, full time. No success
guaranteed, just mastery of a skill you choose.

It doesn’t matter if you are writing, playing the piano, auditing or cartooning.

Or learning how to talk to prospects in an engaging way, how to bring traffic to
your blog or site, present the business in a way that inspires the best
people to join…

Would 1,000 hours be OK?
Let’s say Mr. Gladwell’s 10,000 hours is too much.  Let’s start with
1,000 hours.

That means, to master one skill you need to succeed in your business, it will

25 weeks full-time if you practice and learn for 40 hours per week.
(40 hrs x 25 weeks = 1,000 hrs)


50 weeks half-time if you work at it 20 hours per week
(50 weeks x 20 hrs = 1,000 hours)

What criteria will you use to choose the first skill you’re going to master?
Remember, you’ll have to spend at least 1,000 hours doing it, practicing it
and watching how others do it, etc. before you are likely to see
any steady success using that skill.

Think of all the times you have quit anything that took sustained
effort before you could see success, including your business.
Why did you quit?

It was after all, your choice (and right) to stop. And you quit
even though others said they were successful doing the very
thing you stopped doing.

Conversely, what is something you’ve stuck with, even though it
hasn’t given you public recognition or wealth?

Choose a skill you want to master in 1,000 hours. After all, if it takes
1,000 hours, how many can you take on?

Answer in this format:

A. I’d choose [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][name skill you want to master most
right now] and I’d stick to doing it for 1,000 hours, because:

blah blah blah.  100 words max.

B. I wouldn’t quit if I chose this skill to learn (versus other times I
have quit working on something) because:

blah blah blah.  100 words max.

Winner gets choice of either The Art of Recruiting or Customer Enchilada
MP3 program. ($99 value.)

Contest ends Tuesday, August 23, Midnight EST

PS. One guy who by anyone’s estimation has created insanely great products
and marketing efforts is Apple’s Steve Jobs.  Their iPhones are so far ahead
of anyone else’s people just wait for their new version like it’s Christmas. They
are deliciously amazed each time.  Why can Apple do that, and the dozens of
other mobile phone companies are all losing ground and losing money and customers?

It’s the same reason you’ll give, once you know the secret to becoming
insanely great.  I’m working on it, too.



About the author

Kim Klaver


  • Insanely great in one skill? 1,000 hours only? Where do I sign? I’ve got two days of driving through Europe ahead of me. Insanely great. I’ll be thinking about that all the way. Thank you for naming it.


  • The skill I would choose to help me become “insanely great” is consistentcy. Is this the word I’m looking for? Consistent doing. Consistent practice. Always and every day work on being consistent and then when I am consistent I can work on becoming insanely great because I have become consistent. Think of Micheal Jordan and all the time he spent being consistent. I would choose consistentcy.

  • I think one of Apple’s biggest secrets is constant innovation. I’d choose the skill set of innovation to constantly be able to anticipate and envision not only what is happening in my business today but exactly what is needed in my business tomorrow, the next day and in the next 5-10 years to reach and help the most people with my products/business.
    I don’t believe I can afford to quit working at this skill set because I believe it is necessary for my success in the rapidly changing market of today.

  • I’d choose the skill of being able to relate to, get my message across, get agreement from
    and get into agreement with another person, thus building a positive and lasting relationship. To do this consistently takes doing it on a conscious level and being busy puts one into an automaticity that does not contribute to the accomplishment desired.

    Dear Kim,
    Thank you for the question. Limiting it to 100 words was not easy but this truly awakened me to exactly what I’ve been ignoring for myself.

  • I’d choose the skill of selling and I’d stick to doing it for 1,000 hours, because being unable or unwilling to sell has cost me dearly for 12 years in my life coaching business and various network marketing companies. Hundreds / thousands of people lost out by not finding out about what I offer that would help them. I lost out on vacations, cars, donations, maintaining our home, and going to concerts. Unless I go back to being an employee, I’ve got to learn to move my market to yes over and over.

  • Thanks so much!!! I’ve been really busy with life and haven’t gotten back to check who won. Whooo Hooo!! LOL It’s me. I’m working on consistency.
    Thank you, again!

  • Correction: 50 weeks x 40 hours a week is only 2,000 hours. You’d have to practice for five years at that rate to get to 10,000 hours.

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