The Simple Way To Master The Art Of Timing (So You’re Never Too Soon Or Too Late)

Dre Baldwin
3 min readDec 1, 2020

Briefly stated, the 10% Rule says that you need only 10% of the information to get started taking action on things. You don’t need to know “everything” or constantly chase knowing “more” just to begin.

I offered the 10% Rule for the masses of people who get stuck in information-gathering mode but never shift into action mode. The majority of people have this issue, as opposed to the few who, like me, have the opposite issue: sometimes starting too soon without having enough of the information.

The 10% Rule, like many rules, has a caveat: It should not be applied blindly to everything you do. There are some areas where you should get A LOT more than 10% of the information before getting started.

Those areas include (but are not limited to) -

Flying a plane.

Alligator wrestling.

Any planned criminal activity.

Marriage and starting a family.

Surgical operations.

Taking any form of medication.

I saw the boxing match between YouTube star Jake Paul and former NBA Player and Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson.

I watched a small amount of pre-fight material the afternoon of the fight. Jake Paul, who has an entertaining rap video called “Everyday Bro” that delighted me, has a few fights under his belt. I’m no boxing expert, but Jake looks like he has been trained and knows what he’s doing.

I surmised that Nate Robinson, who had never boxed, felt he had a chance to beat Paul because of his 11-year NBA career, plus his dunk contest heroics, plus the fact that he had played football in college along with basketball (and believes that he could have been an NFL player just as well as he was an NBA player). Nate’s claim to a chance was that he’s this “ultimate athlete” that could pretty much do any sport successfully.

Nate seemed to believe that, being a great athlete who defied the odds and played a decade in the NBA (Nate is right: he’s 5'9"; most players that height ain’t making it in hoops) could apply the 10% Rule and be fine.



Dre Baldwin

The Discipline to Produce Your Best On Your Toughest Days. It ain’t for everybody. #TheThirdDay Creator of #WorkOnYourGame.