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Trust Your Process

There are times when you don’t know the answer and you cannot see a way to an answer.

There are times when you simply cannot see what to do next. This happens constantly in my work: even today I have a project that needs a unique kind of help. Help I cannot even quite imagine.

What to do?


My writing process seems to be all about working my way into a corner or a dead end. It happens again and again. But as I continue chipping away and working at it (which is to say, I keep writing), the dead end turns out to be a way to rethink something. Getting stuck in a corner turns out to be the necessary thing, the thing I needed to actually turn the corner.

Malcom Gladwell contends that you must put in 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. He may or may not be right about the numbers, but certainly an expert has worked out a process the she or he follows—some way they use to accomplish the thing they do. They’ve sorted some way to keep at it. And whether or not the outcome is perfect, the process itself is revealing.

That’s why one keeps at it: to see what the process reveals next.

What are your 10,000 hours revealing?


Image Credit: Kirk Livingston

Written by kirkistan

June 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

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