When writing his latest book The Outliers, Malcom Gladwell developed something he likes to call the "ten thousand hour" principle. The whole book discusses ridiculously successful individuals i.e. Bill Gates, Bill Joy, The Beatles etc. He delves into what attributing factors have influenced their success aside from natural talent and sheer interest. It is an intriguing book and I LOVED every second of it--please read it. Your perspective on talents/success/hard work/heritage etc will completely change! As he studied these people he found that by the time they had achieved their most renowned work, they had "practiced" whatever their craft was for at least 10,000 hours. Bill Gates/Bill Joy had been programming for at least 10,000 hours by the time they developed software that became worldwide successes. The Beatles best albums came after over 10,000 hours of playing live together and so on.
As I read this book, I began feeling slightly mediocre, realizing that I had become a jack of all trades, master of none. A little piano here, some ballroom dance there, some baking and cake decorating on one side, a little writing on another but nothing that truly defined me. An in-tune soul at book club a few nights later pointed out (as my same sentiment was shared among most of us "house wives") that if we added up the hours invested into our families, we accumulated WELL OVER 10,000 hours in a much faster time than all those other uber successful individuals in Gladwell's book. We women are investing time into what is most important and with that said, I suddenly felt more at peace with having many small talents and one major success--my family. Hopefully when this life is all said and done, I'll have wiped enough tears, hugged plenty of little bodies, told enough scripture stories and clocked enough hours that my most "successful" work of art will be my children. Women, when you are tired, lacking patience, feeling overlooked and outdated, just remember that the most important work you are doing will add up, minute by minute, hour by hour and the real people--the most important people--appreciate and understand the value of your "10,000 hours"!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The bottom tier (14") and weighing in at 47.5 lb (yes I weighed it on my sis-in-law's scale before hauling it to the reception center) was made of dark chocolate cake with a dark chocolate orange ganache between the three layers. The middle tier (10") and around 28lb was a moist pumpkin coconut with a whipped cream cheese filling. And last, but definitely not least, was the top 6" tier--three layers of lemon poppy seed pound cake with a lemon cream filling. Although I'm a chocolate lover at heart, the pumpkin was my favorite. Lets just say I buy cream cheese in bulk at Costco and any occasion to add cream cheese to ANYTHING is fine by me! The icing was a white chocolate butter cream. For you cake connoisseurs out there, it was a basic Swiss mmeringue butter cream with added Guittard white chocolate for a better, less greasy, less buttery flavor. It also helped stabalize the butter so that even in a warmer indoor climate, there wasn't a risk of the frosting softening and falling.