Alan Rusbridger, Gary Marcus, Tim Jenison, 10,00 hours and the hope, fear, and the dreams of mature students
Obsession is good. It puts a lift in the day, week, month, and year. Below are some inspirational stories of folks who just went for it.
Alan attempts Chopin's Ballade in G minor in one year.
Gary takes up heavy metal guitar at 40
Tim learns to paint.
What do they have in common? High intelligence, a bias for action, a naïve belief in themselves, and guts.
Gary's second short video, the third on this list, explodes the idea you need 10,000 hours. A great place to start.
BTW: I'm over the 3,000 hour mark in my drumming. That's 7 years of effort.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.