I have written a book on goal setting.  I am now in the process of editing the book.  This is an excerpt.


How to become an expert

Expert, experiment, and experience all come from the same Latin word.  The word is experior.  Experior has several meanings.   It means “to test”, “to put to the test”, “to find out”, “to attempt”, and “to try”.

I once heard that an expert is simply a person who has tried and failed more than everyone else.  

You can become an expert in almost anything.  You simply must be willing to start, and you must be willing to put in the time.  

If you are willing to put in the time, an investment of 1,000 hours will make you competent in any field.

Let’s break that down.  What do 1,000 hours really look like?

If you work six days a week, that’s a little more than three hours a day.  1,000 divided by 313 equals 3.19.

If you spend two hours a day in your chosen field and you will reach competence in a little less than two years.  

Put in 5,000 hours and you will become a master.  That’s a little more than 3 hours a day for five years.