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10,000 HOURS is an interview series about craft, creativity and putting in our time. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examined and popularized the theory that any given skill takes ten thousand hours to master. How accurate is that? More importantly, if there’s any truth to the theory, how does it change the way we look at doing work and putting in time? Brought to you by entrepreneur Grant Spanier and writer Vince Koci, 10,000 HOURS is a weekly discussion about the different ways people work hard to do what they love. Joined by guests from around the world with diverse backgrounds— topics will touch on everything from entrepreneurship, creativity, productivity, personal philosophy, living your passion, and everything in-between.




132 Unapologetic with Puno

Jennifer Puno, AKA Puno Dostres, AKA Puno hops on the line with Grant and Vince for a conversation about never having to say you’re sorry. As self-proclaimed “slashie” that forays professionally into everything surrounding art and programming, Puno brings a confident and unique attitude to her ventures that might best be called unapologetic. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Duration: 00:54:51

131 Holistic with John Sonmez

John Sonmez joins Grant and Vince from San Diego to chat about how to approach creative projects, and life, from the top down. John is the creator of The Simple Programmer, a blog that originally served programmers with advice, but has bloomed into something much more comprehensive. Now, John’s outlook covers a much broader scope, and he talks about it in a conversation about being holistic. This episode is sponsored by Simplecast.

Duration: 00:57:34

130 Stage with William Close

William Close, the man behind the musical phenomenon known as The Earth Harp Collective, joins the show to talk about his strange and beautiful confluence of architecture, stagecraft and music. On the topic of ‘stage,’ William describes the opportunities, feelings and challenges he faces playing one of the world’s most unique instruments. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Duration: 01:05:38

129 Edge with Jason Dhir

Jason Dhir joins 10,000 HOURS to share his thoughts, be they controversial or insightful, on pushing limits, creatively or otherwise. CEO of Ultra Human and organizer of extravagant events, Jason shares his perspective on what it means to move past “the edge.”

Duration: 01:10:26

128 Scaling with Grant & Vince

Grant and Vince are back for a hostful talking about the process of growing, expanding, and leveling-up our efforts, and all the challenges that come with it. In a conversation about “scale” our hosts reflect on the scaling process 10,000 HOURS went through to get where it is today. This episode is sponsored by Simplecast.

Duration: 01:16:51

127 Honey with Sara Leimbach


Duration: 01:07:12

126 Restarting with Joshua Redshaw

Joshua Redshaw joins the show from Portland to chat about the art of the “restart.” An entrepreneur and creative strategist, Joshua knows a thing or two about transitioning and rolling with punches, and shares his insights about everything from diversifying creative projects to divorce. This episode is sponsored by Death to Stock.

Duration: 01:13:03

125 Building with Eva Goicochea

Eva Goicochea joins Grant and Vince from New York to talk about what it takes to build, and grow, a brand. Eva is a creative strategist and entrepreneur that helped launch both Tinker Watches and Maude. She lends her insight about the core elements that go into making a brand great.

Duration: 01:11:07

124 Direction with Ace Norton

Grant and Vince talk with prolific director and filmmaker Ace Norton — director of over 80 films across music video, fashion, commercial and art platforms. Ace calls in from Venice, California to chat about the nuances of his medium, and all the challenges and opportunities that arise when you take on the role of providing “direction.”

Duration: 00:58:16

120 The Leap with Michael Youngblood & Jon Kalan

Grant and Vince chat with Michael Youngblood and Jon Kalan, the entrepreneurs behind the destination co-working retreat project Unsettled. The foursome appropriately talk about risk taking and going all-in, following Unsettled’s story from theory, to inception, to taking “the leap.” This episode is sponsored by Ultra Human (use offer code 10000HOURS).

Duration: 00:57:26

117 Impact with Wes Kao

Grant and Vince are welcome their first guest of season 4, the ever-motivating Wes Kao. Wes is a denizen of the tech start-up world, and currently serves as director for Seth Godin’s altMBA program. She joins the show to talk about the result of our creative pursuits: impact, and the way our projects can spread influence in unexpected ways.

Duration: 01:01:43