Malcolm Gladwell (2008) in his book ‘Outlier’ presented “Ten Thousand Hours” Rule for gaining mastery. It is a generalized rule, and provides understanding for the effort one needs to master something. In a similar way, students spend thousands of hours in schools and yet find it difficult to secure a job due to lack of skill. The core issue with students is the direction in which they need to gain mastery over something, and it takes a lot of effort.
The reward of working hard at school is not a pleasing advice to any student due to the fact that the graduates are suffering a great deal due to lack of jobs in market. On the contrary, unemployed or underpaid graduates suffer in the market due to lack of expertise and skills required for serving employer. For example, Brooks (2019) writes about seven soft skills that an employer need regardless of the job, which include, communication, time management, critical thinking, teamwork, emotional intelligence, digital literacy, problem solving, and initiative. This highlights the importance of working hard at school, and considering school as training initiative that allows a student to contribute to the society in socioeconomic terms. Employees contribute to the business, which contributes to the society with goods and services that people seek to consume. In student life, it seems simple to live a life after gaining employment.
Gladwell principle of “10,000 Hours Rule” is meant to guide us on the journey for gaining mastery. Hard work at school results in socioeconomic benefits afterwards. In a four-year under graduation program, the opportunity to gain mastery over learning and writing is one avenue for success. However, job market does require soft skills, which are explained in the Brooks article. Moreover, the opportunity to work for financial need is one thing, while working for a cause is a different thing. Students come from diverse background with diverse set of aims and goals. In order to make best out of school, hard work in areas that seems to give vision to students can be helpful. Working hard in school is also about habit, and good habits result positively in life. The habits are actually critical for achieving the goals with precision because discipline makes it easy.
Students studying at school are not well aware of the world outside the boundaries of academic institute. They do know how the places and people look like, but hard work at schools provide details of the causes and effects of the way they are living, and the impact they are going to make through their work and lifestyle. Spending twelve hours a day to school work means gaining mastery over the knowledge and skills that schools provide to students. Yes, some student feels that they have given their best at school, and yet unable to gain the same reward which they wished. A simple answer to the problem is in the practice of improving self, along with gaining new knowledge. Knowledge is helpful to skillful people with dedication and directed approach.
Life is a roller coaster, and usually takes all what we have got. Working hard for thousands of hours in school allows the ability to face life confidently, and lacking proper attitude can make the life difficult. Dedicating twelve hours a day to studying, whether in school or at home, serves the purpose of dedicatedly working for the future. Hard work eventually pays off. Studying hard at school is definitely rewarding, but it is also important to gain soft skills that employers require in their employees irrespective of expertise and majors.
Brooks, A. (2019). 7 Skills Employers Look For Regardless of the Job. Rasmussen.edu. https://www.rasmussen.edu/student-experience/college-life/skills-employers-look-for/
Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The story of success. Little, Brown.