That’s the title of a book that I am currently reading (and almost finished).

[bctt tweet=”“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.””]
– Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

There are so many blogs, and even if you try to be a niche (female travel blogger, backpacker), there is always someone else, who got the same idea as you. You think you’ve seen the world and therefore have seen something that others haven’t seen. This is why you’re interesting and you want to write a blog about it.

But in fact, there are thousands of travel blogs out there, thousands of backpacker blogs, thousands of female solo travel blogs.

In the book, that I’m reading and which you can buy here (not sponsored), I began thinking about what makes a person a successful person. Macon Gladwell, the author of the book, tells us that it all depends on your birthday – or just to some degree. But what make’s you really successful is the hours spend on the thing you’re good at, the background you’re from and the people who got your back.

10,000 hours is what a person should spend on the single thing that he or she wants to be good ad. The Beatles played music for 10,000 hours and were successful until they reached that number. Bill Gates, who sat all night and programmed. Mozart, who became really succesful in his early twenties.

It also depends on where you’re from. How did your parents raise you? Did they ever tell you “You can do it!” or did they not really care, when you said you wanted to be a writer? A person will never be succesful if no one is supportive and won’t believe in your ideas. And they way they are supportive is by giving you the confidence to be different and do something others won’t do.

Another thing is luck. Or the opportunities that were given to you. Not everyone is fortunate enough to go to college. And if that is what it takes to make you succesful, you just won’t be that successful as you hoped for.


Back to the travel blogging thing. I am very sure some people have supporting families and friends, who tell you that your blog will be known worldwide one day. But did you spend enough hours on your blog? Did you do something no one else did?

I’ve been making homepages since I was 9 years old (I am 21 now). Most of them were not really good and just made for fun. But practice is all it takes and spending enough hours on it made my blog what I think is successful. Be sure you love what you do. The support will come as soon as you proved them all wrong.

Has anyone read the book? Or read another one, which motivates you? Let me know, xoxo.