If you put 10,000 hrs practicing the piano, you will almost certainly become very good at the piano.

If you put 10,000 hrs into your business, it doesn’t necessarily translate to anything!

The first kind has a predictable relationship to effort. The second kind doesn’t.
You need a different attitude when trying to achieve the unpredictable:

- Instead of consistency of effort, you need intensity when the right opportunity emerges.

- Instead of focusing on one thing, you need exposure to randomness and serendipity.
- Instead of a rigid plan, you need freedom to explore and some aimless wandering.

- Instead of external motivators, you need intrinsic drive.

- Instead of repetitiveness, you need variation.

- Instead of stability, you need insurance against what you can’t tolerate losing.
- And to make a living in the unpredictable world, you must behave like a venture capitalist, a book publisher, or a film studio. You must have a portfolio of enough things going on to expect a few payoffs happening regularly. Go all in on one thing at your peril.

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