According to Malcolm Gladwell it takes 10,000 hours to become one of the best in the world at what you do.
But what he doesn't really talk about that much is that the more crowded a field is, the bigger that number gets.
And those 10,000 hours can then easily turn into 15,000 or maybe even 20,000 hours.
So instead of trying to become one of the best in the world at that thing that everybody else is already doing, why not try to become the best in the world at things that not so many people are doing, yet?
It might be a lot easier to become the best in the world in those fields.
And it might end up taking you only 5,000 hours...
Simply because these fields are new.
And not so many people are doing them (yet).
And they might not be so popular (yet).
And the benefits might be much lower (at least right now).
Here's the thing...
You can try to become the best lawyer in New York.
But it's a lot more likely that you're going to work yourself to death than it is that you'll succeed.
Or you can try to become the best lawyer in that up and coming new boom town that might maybe one day surpass New York.
If your world is too big and too crowded, try to make it smaller...