5,000 Hours

That’s the magic number. Five thousand.⠀⠀

Statistically, it takes an average of 5,000 hours of hard work on your craft before you return a profit and can start living off of it. This isn’t specific to your certain industry either. This is across the board. In all professions of entrepreneurship. ⠀⠀

Five thousand hours of hard work is equivalent to about two and a half years putting in 40 hours a week. Most of us don’t have 40 hours a week for it. Full time jobs, kids, relationships, other obligations curtail that timeframe quite a bit. Maybe you can only put in 10 hours a week. Mentally prepare yourself then for up to 10 years of hard work and dedication. 5 hours a week ? That’s a smooth two full decades for you to look forward to.⠀

This is why your ‘WHY’ is so important. Your ‘WHY’ is the reason in which you are doing what you do. Your ‘WHY’ is whatever wakes you up and drives you to become a better person. If you don’t know WHY you want to open that boutique, that restaurant, that record label, that school… or if your ‘why’ is only surface level.. “I want more money,” “I want a vacation in Aruba,” “I want to make my ex jealous.” You’re not going to make it. It has to be stronger and deeper than that.

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.”

-Barbara Hall

It won’t happen overnight. It takes time, persistence, tenacity, dedication. It takes passion to reach great heights. To create wealth. To be phenomenal. ⠀⠀

Remember that when you’re deciding whether or not you should give up. Think about it before you even start.⠀