I recently read the book Outliers (http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html), in which author Malcolm Gladwell discusses specific examples and experiences of people who have become statistical "outliers". While the entire book was thought provoking, one profound concept stood out to me above the others. It was the concept of having 10,000 hours at any given task to “practice” in order to become a world renowned professional. This concept has taken me quickly from thought to action. So much so, that I plan to log 10,000 hours designing/creating distinctive jewelry by my 30th birthday. In order to make this happen, I realized, I am going to need to step up my game. Big time. And I thought the best way to move it to the big leagues was to have my own space to work. Somewhere conducive to spending long hours.
That being said, I am now the proud owner of a charming 25lb 8oz workbench, thanks to the help of the darling Alex McKenzie, and local friend and artist, Jack Henry (http://jackhenryartist.com/).
This bench should launch me quickly from a measly 300 hours last year (based on an educated guess) to 2,000 hours before I clink my champagne glass to 2013.
By writing this down for everyone to see, I am hoping to stay inspired to reach 10,000 hours. Ready? Set…