In a brief exchange that John Hobbins and I had on his blog, he referenced Malcolm Gladwell’s observation that investing 10,000 hours in a specific subject can make a person an expert. John wrote:
I am big believer in the concept behind Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. Gladwell claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
This got me to thinking. If a significant number of human beings – or even a single one, for that matter – decided to invest 10,000 in understanding and obeying Jesus Christ, how different would the world become? I’m not talking about 10,000 hours of church attendance; I’m talking about 10,000 hours of understanding what Jesus said to do and doing it. Period.
I think it would shake the world to its foundations.
(By the way, John’s blog is Ancient Hebrew Poetry.)
(I liked John’s quote and Gladwell’s insight enough to add it to my list of quotes.)