Ever wonder how someone becomes a master at something? So far the research shows that you need at least 10 000 hours of practice in a certain field to become an expert. Other research studies imply that you need to be a certain type of person with grit to excel, and of course let’s not forget those who say: “you just have to work more hours and harder at something to win.”
The problem with all of the existing research is two fold:
a) most of them are using averages to prove their theories
b) these studies unknowingly put a limit or boundary on our own personal beliefs of what we think we can achieve, because well, “the scientists says so”.
Now you can imagine how frustrating this is for someone like myself who has always believed that everything is possible if you really want it! More recently all these limits placed upon us has also started to annoy me in my capacity as a life coach. You see these studies totally taint what my clients believe they can achieve for themselves.
That was until yesterday when I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with a professor in neuroscience at Harvard University. Professor Ogi Ogas emailed me a few weeks ago to participate in their study, The Mastery Project. They had already interviewed many people who are experts in other fields. Their interest in me was because:
- I’ve successfully changed careers multiple times (something they’re out to prove that anyone can do.)
- The work I do as a life coach and career transitions expert aligns with what it is that they’re trying to prove
The Mastery Project’s ultimate goal:
“To provide everyone from youthful novices to experienced professionals with practical, actionable information to help them get better at the things that matter most to them, on their own terms, according to their individual nature.“
Their early findings are proving that it is truly possible for anyone to become a master and be successful. The ingredients needed for you to succeed:
a) find what makes you tick
b) choose the things in life that make you happy
I can’t wait to see the final results of their studies. In the meanwhile I’m going to run with this:
Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right!
Now I’d love to hear from you: Have you gone against the odds and achieved something that other’s said you’d never be able to do? Tell me in the comments below.
Read more about the Mastery Project here.