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10,000 hours

How is 10,000 hours related to investment? According to “The Outlier,” this is the amount of hard work required to become extraordinary people. On the average, it will take 5 years to clock that amount of hours. Investment could be in monetary terms or temporal.

Statistically, most of the top 20% performer will draw super-normal salary. This is also aligned with the pare-to principle, where 80% of the money goes to 20% of the people. It is no wonder that the most people are drawing pathetic pay.

I was questioned by someone close what can I do with such a profession, which is Software Engineer. In the end, you are just a virtual factory worker. I couldn’t think of a good counter-argument and restrained myself from going into a argument. If given another chance to answer the question, I would mentioned that starting low is just the beginning, it is how you end the race. My current experience lies in J2EE and this should be the leverage I should use.

It is imperative to find the environment to clock the 10,000 hours of experience. It will be 5 long years of hard work but I’m sure its worth it. From this second, 10,000 hours and counting. Good luck!

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