It is very clear that the more you do something, the better you will get at it.

The Concept – Dedication

It is very clear that the more you do something, the better you will get at it. The concept behind 3 Minute Shorts is based on exactly this principle.

The Birth of 3 Minute Shorts

Before embarking on producing and posting a short film everyday for a year, I came across a book by Malcolm Gladwell titled, “Outliers”, which mentions many times throughout the book a concept known as the 10,000 HOUR RULE.

10,000 HOUR RULE

The 10,000 HOUR RULE was derived from a study by Anders Ericsson, a psychologist who researched the success of violinists at the Berlin Academy of Music. In his study, he found that in every case the violinists that performed the best spent more time practicing. “Outliers”, further describes how the magic number of 10,000 hours was the average number of hours the violinists as well as athletes, composers, writers, artists, even criminals spent to achieve their success.

How to be successful when embarking on the 10,000 HOUR RULE

  • CAREFUL SELECTION: The most important aspect of using the 10,000 hour rule is to find your passion. Ask yourself what do you absolutely enjoying doing. Discover what it is you love and could see yourself doing for an extended period of time.
  • TIME SPAN REFERENCE: 10,000 hours is about 3 hours a day over a 10 year period. Spending this kind of time on your passion will not feel like work nor will it feel like 10 years.
  • FLEXIBILITY: Make adjustments to your 10,000 HOUR SCHEDULE, if you are working part time, try putting in 4 or 5 hours a day. Add additional hours on the weekend or any other time you have off.
  • FOCUS: Ensure you stay on task and are maintaining a level of consistency in the work you produce. This does not necessarily mean embarking on similar projects rather focus on how this will help you grow. Collaboration is key to ensuring you are successful when attempting the 10,000 HOUR REGIMENT.