Scott Hsu-Storaker of Low Ply Cooperative has created a challenge for indie game artists and developers by creating the Thousander Club. The inspiration for it came from the idea that to become an expert, you need to practice. A lot.
The challenge: work for 1000 hours on your project this year. It comes out to 20 hours a week, which is almost three hours a day if you include weekends or four hours a day if you don’t.
Right now, the Thousander Club is a club of one — just me. But, I would love to have some company. C’mon, join up with me, there’s a certain comfort in doing things together. Pledge to devote yourself to working on your own project for 1000 hours this year. Keep track, I will. Give progress reports, I will . In a year, we can all look back and count ourselves as experienced experts. Think of the Christmas present you will be giving yourself in 2006 — confident assurance that your skills can take you where you want to go.
There are some specific challenges for the Low Poly community, but I think it sounds like a great “club” to join this year. Can you always dedicate 3-4 hours a day? I know that I was thinking, “Yeah, I could probably do it, but at what cost?” Then I thought vague thoughts about how difficult it would be, and almost put it out of my mind. Then I remembered the law of inertia. So I asked a specific question to help dispel any fears I had: if I didn’t join this club and try to dedicate myself to 1000 hours, what would I be doing instead? Would I be working on game development as haphazardly as I did the previous year? That idea didn’t sound too good. I wanted to improve.
I was thinking that I might try something smaller. What about 500 hours? That seemed a bit more doable. That’s about two hours a day. How about 100 hours? 100 hours still helps, according to my post. At this point, I realized I was wavering again. Tony Robbins talked about taking massive action. The idea is that if you want to improve yourself from being mediocre to being great, massive action helps you get there much more quickly than small steps. I know that I have been getting impatient with how slow I’ve been gaining game development experience. Doing it purposely slow, even if I was more focused than I was last year, didn’t seem nearly as attractive.
Now, obviously I will not be creating art for the Low Poly Cooperative since I am not trying to be an artist. I am dedicating 1000 hours to game development this year. It’s aggressive, and even if I fail, I know that the push this year will result in a huge improvement for myself. Can I still join your club, Scott? B-)