Catch the Brain Train and Ride Along
Levels of understanding: I’ve heard that it takes around 10,000 hours at any given task in order to become an expert.
That’s right 10 with 3 zeros… you say you have always wanted to be a writer? Uh, well…you are 10,000 hours away from being a good one. That is if you have the right design to do so. (For example just because you WANT to be an NBA player doesn’t mean you have the right design…even after 10,000 hours). it hink that is a given though.
Years ago I think there was a book written on the subject.
Unfortunately I don’t remember the title, however, I remember the gist of the book. The gist is that in order to become an expert, so much so, that you really don’t have to think about what you were doing, you need around 10,000 hours of experience with that field.
This kind of came all crashing down on me recently when I decided to try to learn how to fly. I was a total newbie and I decided that I wanted to take up aviation. Oh boy it was a challenge. I didn’t realize all of the information that I never knew. LOL
The Box Cars
I really wondered how big the box was that all the information on aviation was contained in. Do you know what I mean? What I mean is if you could take all of the information about a particular subject and put it into a box. How big would the box be? Or as I have used the train example…how big would the box car be?
I can imagine being a surgeon would fit into a larger box than something like tree trimming or installing mulch or cleaning upholstery for that matter.
But when I began learning about aviation, I feel like the box was enormous. Plus, it had a huge downside. The downside was that if I didn’t understand inappropriately, I could end up dead. Go figure.
So, although I was daunted by the process, I was willing to embark on the journey of gathering understanding in this field. What I discovered overtime was that I finally was able to narrow down the information into smaller categories.
It was a real process, but I realize that learning anything new requires that you chunk the information down into smaller pieces.
While you are getting this part worked out, it can feel daunting. But, once you have an understanding of all of the pieces that go into the puzzle/box, then you can get your head around it.
Overall it has been a fun/rewarding experience. They say that you never are the same person after you become a pilot. I think this is true. You simply look at the world and what you were doing a little differently.
I now find myself using checklists in all kinds of parts of my life.
I guess it turned me into a bit of a nerd too.
Update: I found the book info: (Outliers)
A Huge Shout Out and Thank you to Paul Clukey for helping me find it.