The Expert Badge

September 7, 2017 § Leave a comment


I was worrying about something on my drive home last night.

They say (who, who is they?) it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything.

I was concerned, because I figured there’s no way I’ve spent that many hours copywriting – how could I look my boss in the face and happily collect my salary?

So today, it came up in conversation and I apologised to him for being such a rookie charlatan. And it played on my mind some more. It was time to do the maths.

I work 37.5 hours each week

There are 52 weeks in a year

I get 25 days of holiday plus 5 bank holidays each year, and probably have for my whole career

So I work 1,920 days each year – I’ll take 6 off for that weird flu I get every spring and the odd furbaby emergency

1,914 days a year for 6 years = 11,494 hours

And I freelance too.

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