In his best selling book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that to become an expert in any field you need to invest 10,000 hours of practice. Michael Simmons blogged on 8/5/16 that this isn’t exactly true. Simmons starts his blog by sharing how Gladwell’s premise is not as absolute as people believed. “In the article “Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong,” the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice in order for someone to become world-class.”

Simmons blog post is entitled Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5 Hour Rule. You can read the whole blog here. He gives many examples of the ways these famous people and many others invest their 5 hours minimum a week in improving themselves.

The three main ways these 5 hours are used are:


Reflecting, and


What should I do?

All of these are valuable I am sure, but if you are an EOS client (who has been taught LMA), then you have heard of Clarity Breaks. Clarity breaks how we EOS practitioners suggest you Reflect. We suggest an hour a week (an hour a day would be far better) in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, without technology. Just bring a journal or a pen and a pad. Relax. Maybe enjoy a cup of tea or coffee? Some interesting things will bubble up from the recesses of your brain. A better way to do something you have been struggling with at work or a new market you could explore? Or simply examine the myriad of things you have to get done and do an exercise we call delegate and elevate to enable you to make decisions about where you can add the greatest value to your company (or your life) and what things you should delegate to others. I explain this exercise in earlier blogs here, here and here .

All of these suggestions by Michael Simmons will enhance your success as a human being and a business person. Maybe just take a baby step and start with scheduling a clarity break into your calendar and keep the appointment with yourself. I have written other blogs about the EOS concept of clarity break here, here and here.

If you try scheduling clarity breaks, and I hope you do, let me know how it goes.

Graphic credit: A. Davey

Next Steps:

If you want to learn more about Clarity Breaks and EOS read Practice 5: Taking Clarity Breaks  in this free excerpt from How to be a Great Boss.




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