Recently I asked David Choi what advice he would give to budding young songwriters. He answered, "put in your 10,000 hours." According to author Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, 10,000 number of hours of practice that it takes to achieve mastery in a given field. And I could not agree more.
To take it a step further, consider the fact that we are human beings, not human doers. Most people think that they should concentrate all of those hours on practicing their work, what they do. But we must also allocate time to the practice of being who we are, therefore being more capable of living a well-rounded and fulfilling life.
If you are building a career, then installing a Self-Development process is a good use of your time. What do you need in order to stay current, educated, and inspired to do what you do? How do you challenge yourself to go to the next level? How do you get better at telling your story?
You have to ask yourself those kinds of questions for the rest of your life because no one else will.
Put things in place to help make you better at being you.
For more of my thoughts on how to hone your craft, watch this video.