Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10- Practice Makes Perfect

entire series here
Have you heard the rule of 10,000 hours? (roughly 10 years) Studies have shown that it takes that long-that much time, to become really good at something. To be successful at it.

Be it Olympic performance level in figure skating, or concert pianist level, or business proficiency.

Every skill takes time and effort. Lots of time and effort.

Most of us will never reach Olympic or concert level anything, but that doesn't mean we should stop practicing.

My challenge for you today, is to practice a skill you already have. A skill that is getting a bit rusty from disuse.

Whether that skill is singing or painting. Knitting or sewing. Cooking or playing an instrument. Playing soccer or throwing hoops. Target shooting or calligraphy. Writing. Poetry. Riding a bike. Embossing. Photography. Pottery. Cake decorating.

The list is endless.

What skills are in your set? What did you used to enjoy doing? What has gotten pushed aside in the busyness of life?

Some skills-like riding a bike-are never really forgotten no matter how infrequently you practice them. Some skills atrophy without use and practice. Ground is lost. Skills are lost.

Take a few minutes right now and practice. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Remember why you took up that skill in the first place.


A couple of books on this subject:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle