In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes that it takes an average of 10,000 hours, or 5 years, to gain a level of expertise at a new skill or new career. Getting past that initial period of inexperience can be daunting, but you have to keep at it. Dan Rockwell has some quick advice for inexperienced leaders, but I think a lot of them apply to anyone trying to get over that particular hump in their newly chosen field.
Last year, state legislatures added over 40,000 new laws to the reams and reams of regulations that already exist. That doesn’t count federal and local additions. With so many regulations, is it possible to exist without becoming a criminal? According to one author, every American commits, on average, three federal felonies a day without even knowing it. There are so many minor offenses and vaguely written major offenses that it becomes easy to be prosecuted for the most laughable of activities. No, really. What does it mean when the only thing keeping any of us out of the courtroom is how closely somebody in authority has or hasn’t looked into our lives?