Anybody who does creative work, knows they have good taste and potential. But beginners, and even those with experience, should know that being exceptional takes time. While watching the Sochi Olympics it really hit home just how many years of practice the athletes put into perfecting their craft - some 10 years, others 15, not to mention injuries and life challenges that they may have faced along the way. For pairs skaters, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, it took 17 years to achieve ice dancing gold - a first for American pairs skaters. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis', even wrote a song about how long it takes to become exceptional. "Ten Thousand Hours" is largely based on Outliers, a book by Malcolm Gladwell, in which he repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule.” Gladwell says the key to success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. So, it makes sense that the same would hold true for any creative. So, what do you do? A lot of work. According to Ira Glass, host of acclaimed radio show "This American Life," the key is to keep going. Watch the video, for more of his words of wisdom.