#9 Wes Anderson In 1989 feat. Malcolm Gladwell + Thomas Edison

The link is to a blog showing scans of a story Wes Anderson wrote when he was an undergrad. It was  published in Analecta, a literary journal at the University of Texas in Austin. It’s a good example of the characteristics of the way a brain thinks that come out in the language and themes of stories people tell over time. 

It’s also cool because it shows part of the pathway Wes Anderson took to become a movie director. He took time to develop his skill in storytelling, it didn’t happen overnight, it wasn’t perfect all the time, just like the rest of us. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. I feel comfortable making the assumption that Wes Anderson is an expert.

So Wes Anderson possesses at least two important indicators that separate high achievers from others.*

1. Tenacity (“success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison)
2. 10,000 hours of practice  (Gladwell, 2008)

Which is one way to explain why so many ideas never come to fruition. There are only so many hours in a lifetime. Battles must be chosen carefully, including creative battles. Right now the battle I’m choosing is thinking (aka daydreaming) and writing about creative strategy and being as good as Wes Anderson instead of studying for a midterm. I feel good about that choice because that means I’m wracking up time towards my 10,000 hours. And it’s more fun.


*Oh and don’t forget about luck.