Management guru Tom Peters used to oft say:
“The difference between average and high achievers” is often a factor of not 10, but 1,000”
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell asserted:
It takes 10,000 hours of work to become expert in anything.
Chad Syverson, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, found:
What separates top firms from bottom firms is, typically, a large difference in productivity, with the top firms producing almost twice as much with the same measured input.
Bottom line: it’s easy to be average, hard to be great …