What does that mean? Well, if you put in the work, as in over 10,000 hours of soccer practice, which is 20 hours a week for 10 years, you'll find success In soccer. It's really about your passion and love for the game though. This is really what made Lionel Messi the best player in the world, his love for the game and love for playing. Like Messi, you have to love what you're doing to spend 10,000 hours working at it. Actually, that's why you put in all the hours, because you just love to play soccer. Messi just loves to play soccer - he rarely misses a game. And that's probably the most important part of the 10,000 rule - the love of the game and the desire to get better overrides everything else. If you want to play professional soccer then you must love playing the game and trying to get better - learning constantly is what you're after if you want to be the best. If you love to play you'll skip out on pretty much everything else to practice and play games.