To achieve genius level mastery of a skill, one must practice it for approximately 10,000 hours. This is a general rule of human psychology that not even those with natural talent are exempt from. Where Mozart was composing at the age of 6, he did not produce his first piece of masterful work until he was in his twenties. Bobby Fischer took 9 years to achieve the status of chessmaster. Bill Gates, who had the extraordinary opportunity to practice programming on a time share computer in 8th grade when most colleges did not even have the technology, was able to aquire over 10,000 hours of programming experience before he dropped out of Harvard his sophmore year to start his company. The Beatles had over a thousand gigs, an extraordinary number even by today's standard, before they ever hit it big. Buddhist monks are required to meditate for 10,000 hours before they can be promoted in their order. And it goes on in on in every single feild. Mental, physical, spiritual...it doesn't matter, you need 10,000 hours to be capable of performing on a world stage. So my question is what do you think you could commit to for 10,000 hours of hard practice? That equates to about 40 hours a week for 5 years. What skill or skills would you dedicate yourself to learning? Is that much sacrafice even worth it to you? Notes taken from Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.