The Magical Mystery Tour to Mastery

Adele and myself are off to Liverpool this weekend.

We’re off to explore the city and visit the Xmas market there.

And of course, it's the home of The Beatles. Widely regarded as the most successful rock ’n’ roll band ever.

I'm not arguing.

As I was using my Google Fu skills and browsing the Internet, it occurred to me that The Beatles mastered their trade by playing a lot.

Especially in Hamburg. They started by playing 4 one hour sets a day, seven days a week, and as far as I can gather they started to play more and more in the two years that they were out there.

I read somewhere that they made the rock ’n’ roll song “What’d I Say” last a whole 90 minute set =)

Malcolm Gladwell in his book, The Outliers, suggests that it takes around 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something. And he mentions The Beatles in the book too.

The Beatles may not have done a full 10,000 hours in Hamburg, but they came damn close. One thing that is sure, is that they were far better musicians when they came back than before they went.

They’d honed their craft.

Here's a segment from an interview with John Lennon that Gladwell quotes in his book:

“We got better and got more confidence. We couldn't help it with all the experience playing all night long. It was handy them being foreign. We had to try even harder, put our heart and soul into it, to get ourselves over.

In Liverpool, we'd only ever done one-hour sessions, and we just used to do our best numbers, the same ones, at every one. In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours, so we really had to find a new way of playing.”

Eight hours a day?

Yep... and they were on the road to mastery.

Just like you.

As long as you're practising of course.

It's ok, I know you are. Not 8 hours a day, though ;-)

And if you're not? That's ok, it's not too late to start. Remember the old saying:

“A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step”

The journey of 10,000 hours begins with your first hour. Understandably, you may not be aiming for mastery, but you can have a lot of fun on the road trip.

Find your ’finest hour’ and begin the road to mastery here

No point in waiting, might as well do it now.

Have a great "Beaujolais Day"

Mike