Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Practice, practice, practice.
In his most recent book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 hour rule.”
This rule states that to become expert at anything, one simply needs to put in 10,000 hours practicing it.
The 10,000 figure comes from the research of Anders Ericsson, who in the early 1990’s studied violinists at the Berlin Academy of Music.“The curious thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and his colleagues couldn’t find any ‘naturals’ - musicians who could float effortlessly to the top while practising a fraction of the time that their peers did,” writes Gladwell. “Nor could they find ‘grinds’, people who worked harder than everyone else and yet just didn’t have what it takes to break into the top ranks. Their research suggested that once you have enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works.
What’s more, the people at the very top don’t just work much harder than everyone else.
They work much, much harder.”
Some agents cling to the belief that success is down to luck – getting a property sold is possible if you are in the right place at the right time. Very few homeowners think that.
Movie mogul Sam Goldwyn said “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
So even if you believe in the primacy of natural talent, or luck, attitudes are changing. Hard workers are to the fore again and will succeed where others fail.
According to a satisfied client, P F Quirke & Co. is the “hardest-working agency in South Tipperary”.
We have a lot more than 10,000 hours experience!
If you are a homeowner wishing to sell, call us today.