You’ve probably read the research that Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers suggests: it takes 10,000 hours to build world-class expertise. It so happens that while everyone is clamoring to develop expertise, they forget how much time they spend on the unconscious expertise they build.
Every day, when you wake up, the automatic thought patterns that fill your mind control your will, literally. You claim to have absolute control over your thoughts and emotions, but you start arguing about the simplest things (yes, we never argue with our colleagues or family about global warming or world peace… it’s about the misplaced shirt or file); but you have to remember… 10,000 hours is cumulative. In other words, you may have unconsciously established expertise in being negative, being a procrastinator, being a skeptic, being argumentative, being intolerant, being aggressive.
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Why Our Generation Has Become Habitually Negative And Depressed
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