School started back in the last few weeks for most students.
Some love school and some do not love it as much, but they will all learn something this year while they are in the classrooms.
A good friend of mine is about to embark on a similar learning process, going to spend three weeks at a retreat designed to improve your skills as a trial lawyer. We were talking about the opportunities provided with three weeks of intense focus on your skills as a lawyer, and I mentioned the 10,000 hour rule to him. The 10,000 hour rule is a basic idea that it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and material.
I have been thinking about school starting back and the 10,000 hour rule as I approach my 24th year anniversary of practicing law. Over the last 24 years, I have put much more than 10,000 hours into representing my clients, but I am still learning things every day. While many things come easy, there are very few days where I don’t have to look up the law on something or check a rule. When I get home, Drew will often show me something like a new song or a dance move that I have never seen either, or Van will be cooking something for dinner that is a new recipe, and I might learn something new at home too.
B.B. King may have said it best, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” There are opportunities around us all to learn something new every day.
Seize those opportunities.
Challenge yourself. And never stop learning.
Christy Crow is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.