Practice makes Perfect

Earlier this year I had the privilege of spending a few days with a number of extremely talented artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. It's always an honour to be let inside an artist’s world and observe in intricate detail the various processes which have been honed over countless hours/days/weeks/months/years and oftentimes decades. Whilst capturing the dedication of these artists I was reminded of the principle noted in Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book ‘Outliers’ that talks about the 10,000 hour rule. Essentially the '10,000 hour rule’ states that the key to achieving expertise is largely put down to repetition/practice (no surprises there), however in most cases people won’t achieve world class expertise without putting in at least 10,000 hours of practice. That’s no small feat - practically speaking if you were set on mastering guitar you would need to practice 1 hour a day - 7 days a week - for 28 Years!! However, when looking back on some of the artists I have worked with my calculations put some of them well beyond this benchmark, with one in particular sitting at least at the 80,000 hour mark (and she didn’t get started till she was 35 years old!!).

It’s encouraging to see that in a day of quick fixes and mass produced homogenous products there is space for bespoke original artwork that has been honed through years of dedication & good old-fashioned hard work.

So without further ado here is the mini-doco ‘A Year in the Making’