It's been argued that it takes 10,0001 hours to become proficient in any given endeavor. Maybe proficient isn't the right word. Exceptional. It takes about 416 days–assuming 24 hour work per day–to become exceptional. For a lot of people, this is old news. For others2, this is old news and wrong. As for me, I just think it's interesting.
And for some reason, it reminds me of David Foster Wallace and his book, Infinite Jest. If you read the book, you probably know what I mean. David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 20083. He was exceptional. It didn't matter. Greatness is not the same thing as happiness. It's easy to confuse the two.
Strive to be great. Put in your time. Try to make sure that at the end of those 10,000 hours, that you haven't killed yourself in 1 hour increments.
1. Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell. Which, by the way is a great book. Blink is better. Read both.
2. Seth Godin
3. The world is worse off for not having him here.