You may be aware that in his book Outliers, author Malcom Gladwell implies that if you want to be world class in music, sport, science, business or any chosen field, then you should aim to devote around 10,000 hours of practice to your chosen discipline. He also claims that if this 10,000 hour journey starts early in life, then you will have an even better chance of becoming as successful as Bill Gates or the Beatles. As with every piece of research there is a counter argument, but as a teacher at the Compass International School, I have the privilege of being surrounded by students and staff who have a desire to be the very best they can be.
During the Secondary Variety Show, this commitment was evident from many of our students and staff who, are all at different stages of their journey towards mastery. The Funk Band played a wonderful selection of tunes, with many recognisable favourites from Queen and The Commitments. Our choir and vocal performers brought a real sense of enjoyment to the stage in stark contrast to the thought provoking and eloquent delivery of our drama students. The soloists of both voice and piano proved that less is often more. The range of performances, supported by the Art Exhibition from our current Year 11 and IB Visual Arts students, confirmed my belief that there is no such thing as ‘God given talent’. The performances we enjoyed are the result of many hours of dedication, hard work and a determination to improve.
10,000 hours may or may not be a guarantee of greatness, but the commitment, support and dedication needed along the way, will ensure high levels of success and enjoyment are achieved.
This week our KS3 students enjoyed their re-scheduled school sports day. It was very clear that some of our young athletes added another 2 or 3 hours to their 10,000 hours of practice as they begin their journey towards great things in the sporting arena.
It has been a busy week and I feel privileged to be a teacher and parent, here at Compass International School Doha.