Reading a real good book by Canadian Malcolm Gladwell called the “Outliers” where he states that all the successful people in the world to the most part, worked 10,000 hours before they achieved greatness. So what do you guys think the same applies to bodybuilding?
Arnold said he started lifting at 14, on his official website, which would have been 1961. He won Mr.Olympia in 1970 for the first time 9 years later, which would have given him time to accumulate close to the 10,000 hours of success needed to become the best in the world.
TC referenced Gladwell in “Why You Suck”. I found it fascinating that the 10,000 hour rule applied across a number of disciplines (violin, soccer, etc.). But, more interesting to me was 4000 hours gets you good but mediocre compared to the best. To the general population, 4000 hours would be almost fanatical commitment.
As Jim Collins stated in his book Good to Great, the enemy of great is actually good. When people, or companies, get to the stage where they feel they have progressed to the point where they are good enough they stop pushing for greatness.
I’m going to pick up “Outliers”.