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  • Writer's pictureMark Benge

The 100 hour rule: how to become extraordinary


Have you ever wondered what it takes to be extraordinary? As the famous quote goes, "The difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary person is just extra ordinary." This means that even small differences in effort or approach can lead to significant differences in outcomes.


One way to apply this principle in your own life is through the "100-hour rule." This concept, popularized by psychologists Milton Erickson and Bill Chase, suggests that it takes approximately 100 hours of focused practice to achieve a significant breakthrough or transformation in a particular skill or ability. While this is not enough to achieve mastery, it is enough to give you a huge advantage over the average person.


So what could you achieve with just 100 hours of focused effort? The possibilities are endless. Perhaps you've always wanted to learn a new language, improve your public speaking skills, or to become a better writer. Or perhaps you want to develop a new business skill, like marketing or sales.


Imagine how your life could be different if you were able to become extraordinary at one of these skills. With improved language skills, you could travel the world with confidence and connect with people from different cultures. With public speaking skills, you could confidently present your ideas and persuade others to take action. With improved business skills, you could build a successful career and achieve financial independence.


The key to achieving success through extraordinary effort is to embrace a mindset of persistence, determination, and a willingness to go the extra mile. It's important to identify the key skills that are most relevant to your goals and interests, commit to regular practice sessions, and approach the process with a spirit of curiosity and experimentation.


The good news is that with the way the world is nowadays, it's easier than ever to stand out with just a little extra effort. Most people are only willing to do the bare minimum, so even a small amount of focused effort can set you apart from the crowd. By embracing the 100-hour rule and committing to putting in the extra effort, you can create a life that is truly extraordinary!


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