In 1968 Bill was a bored middle school student. So his concerned parents enrolled him at Lakeside, a private school in Seattle. That year the booster club just happened to spend $3,000 to buy a computer terminal. This was at a time when most colleges didn't even have one, so Bill got to do real-time programming as an 8th grader. From then on he practically lived in the computer room. Two years later a group of programmers at the University of Washington formed the Computer Center Corporation which leased computer time to local companies. As luck would have it, one of the founders of that firm had a son at Lakeside. So the C.C.C. asked Lakeside to test out the company's software programs on the weekends in exchange for free programming time. Bill was there everyday after school. “It was my obsession,” Bill said of his early high school years, “I went up there at night & on weekends.” During one 7-month period Bill ran up 1,575 hours of computer time. Bill continues, “My friend Paul & I got into trouble one time for stealing passwords & crashing the system and they kicked us out for the summer.” Not long after he found out that the U of Washington had free computer time between 3 & 6 am. Since he lived within walking distance of the college he'd wake himself up in the middle of the night & head to the computer room. By the time Bill dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to try his hand at his own company, he'd been programming practically nonstop for 7 years. Over 10,000 hours.
His last name is Gates.
John, Paul, George & Ringo started playing together in 1957. In 1960 while they were still a struggling high school rock band, they were invited to play at a bar in Hamburg, Germany. There they would play 8 hrs a day, sometimes until 2 am, 7 days a week. They traveled there 5 times between 1960 & 1962 playing months at a time. When they had their first burst of success in 1964 they had performed live a staggering 10,000 hrs. Their manager said, “They were no good onstage when they went there but when they came back they were very good. They not only learned stamina & discipline but an enormous amount of songs, everything you can imagine. Cover versions, rock & roll, jazz."
They're also known as the Beatles.
Those stories come from Malcom Gladwell's book "Outliers." His point is that it takes 10,000 hours to become the most successful in life.
Or does it.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other thief rebuked that criminal. “Don’t you fear God,” the thief said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The thief just asked Jesus to remember him. He got Paradise! One more beggar comes with a request, asks for crumbs & gets the whole loaf. This is salvation. Because none of us have any more to offer God than this thief did.
Did you ever wonder why there were only 2 criminals on crosses? Could it be that those 2 represent all of the options when dealing with Jesus?
Think about the repentant thief. Is he going to spend eternity living under the consequences of all the bad choices he made? No, he will be enjoying the fruit of the one good decision he made. Have you ever said, “I wish I could make up for those bad choices?” You can in one decision.
To be successful in this life you can either practice for 10,000 hours or make one good choice.