If you want to be an expert at something you need to at least work ten thousand hours at it. I mean look at the Beatles for example. They’ve played about a thousand times on stage. Hardly any bands play half of that! Also Bill Gates is a good example. He spent thirteen hours on a computer starting at midnight. He sneaked into the University of Washington almost every day. Steve Jobs is currently 56 and he’s working on Apple computers more than ever. Look at Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in the world. I bet you he knows the best strategies and techniques on making successful websites. The only reason these legends are successful is because they spend so much time on what they’re known for. These are people you’re probably craving to be. Well now you know how to do it. It just takes a lot effort and determination. Success rule #1: spend at least 10,000 hours on the area you want to succeed in.
In 1889, a Jewish family Louis and Regina Borgenichts sailed from Poland to New York City with only some money to last for a few weeks. They needed to make money. So Louis set out selling all sorts of things like fish, bananas, etc. The money he was making was not enough. He needed to feed four mouths in his family. He went out to look for something good to sell. It hit him like an explosion. Clothes were his business. Everybody needs clothes. So that night Regina sewed 40 aprons, and they were sold quickly. After this sale they kept on selling clothes until their business took off. Louis had a great brainstorm that day. After the action that day more Jewish immigrants set up shops selling clothes. Everybody put their sewing and dressmaking skills to use. These people worked like madmen at what they knew. In the late nineteenth century, the Garment trade was the economically largest industry in New York City. Selling clothes there in the 1890s was getting a good fortune. This is a great example of how knowledgeable Jews put their mind into good use to be successful. There is no doubt that the Borgenichts came to New York City at the right time and with the right skill. Those thousands of Jewish immigrants who sailed to New York were given a great opportunity. Bringing home the lessons and knowledge of how to get ahead in the world. Success rule #2: have a good business sense and plan just like Borgenichts.
Asian Americans have a rather high IQ. The IQ is a test judging how smart you are . Chris Langan, some may call him the smartest man in this country. (Chris Langan IQ score =160 Albert Einstein IQ score =150) Judging from these IQ scores, does it necessarily mean one could be more successful than the other? 70% percent of who is reading this is probably wrong. IQ does not translate any measurable real world advantage. For example, in basketball if you’re the tallest does it mean you’re the best? Of course not! So is IQ testing. Maybe Chris Langan knew more than Einstein. But that barely proves anything. It matters only their skill in confronting a challenging question. Chris Langan was really a farmer at the end, but he didn’t get an opportunity in success to change the world, whereas Einstein is the greatest scientist in the world. Success rule #3: You don’t have to be the smartest to make it into success, but you have to be smart enough and be able to make the right choices and decisions with right opportunity to achieve success.
It also matters when you were born. Like if you were born during the Great Depression you would have a good head start, because you would have a good chance of success right after the Great Depression and right before world war two. You would also want to be in a date of peace, but good ideas weren’t invented yet. If you haven’t noticed in your entire life, a lot of professional sports players are born around the same common months. This makes total sense because the professionals are born in a good date and when they’re older they get a better practicing benefit judging from when they were born. Bill Gates had this benefit. The reason he was successful was because he was born before the computer era and he was given a golden opportunity on long time computer access. Success rule #4: You must be born at the right time to seize your successful opportunity.
Would you trade a billion dollars for all the education you ever wanted to know? In Outliers, the book we learn that success can come from anyone. Almost everyone is given an opportunity. Success matters from the decisions and effort we make toward our goal. Even though everyone is given an opportunity for success, it only matters to those who make the great effort and decisions to seize their chance at the right moment. Like Bill Gates got a good start on being born at the right time and getting good access to a computer. For Hockey and soccer players born in January it was a better shot at getting in the all-stars than those who were born later. For the Beatles it was Hamburg, where they demonstrated the ten thousand hour practicing rule on stage before their success took off. Success does not come from certain people it comes from everyone, but it depends whether we can choose to work hard or not. To be successful you have to believe in yourself. If you’re so poor and you didn’t get a scholarship with a row of Fs it’s not over. You can choose to get back up or not.
I hope after you read this, it teaches you the true meaning of success and what it takes. It takes hard work and determination. And you can learn this from the Jews and The Beatles or Bill Gates. When you’ve read this last paragraph, I want you to think about the Chinese farmers and the phenomenal successful legends just like you in the future.