Counseling for Teenagers -Teenagers & The 10,000 Hour Rule
“You can be anything you set your mind to”. I can’t count the number of times I have heard this on the TV, seen on the internet and repeated to myself and others. Is this true? Can we really be anything we want to be?
Certainly my intention is not to be pessimistic about the capabilities, innate talent and dreams of teens. However, I am noticing an epidemic. An epidemic teenagers growing up believing this, but are completely oblivious to the specific key components of greatness; one of which is not entitlement.
Renowned writer Malcom Gladwell identifies several key components to greatness, one of them being what he calls the “10,000 hour rule”. “The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert-in anything”.
Another key component to achieving excellence in a many fields is analyzing the sizeable factor opportunity plays. For more information on how this revolutionized the lives of Bill Gates, The Beatles and all-star hockey teams I would suggest you check out his book Outliers. It is a terrific read.
Teenagers should absolutely be encouraged to pursue their dreams. However, we do them a disservice by forgetting to ground them back down into the reality of what it takes to become great. Teenagers who do not comprehend the “10,000 hour rule” often struggle with entitlement issues, lack of performance in school and failure to succeed in other areas of life.
If you have a teenager that is struggling in school, with relationships at home, issues of entitlement and procrastination please give me a call. I offer free 50 minute consultations and specialize in working with teens struggling with complex social and emotional issues. I offer individual and family counseling for teens and their parents.