Aug 162012

Deliberate Practice: The Myth of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

It’s not how much you practice but whether you’re quick to fix your errors that leads to mastery

Deliberate Practice: By Annie Murphy Paul | @anniemurphypaul | January 25, 2012

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice. In a groundbreaking paper published in 1993, cognitive psychologist Anders Ericsson added a crucial tweak to that old joke. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Deliberate practice.

It’s not a minor change. The difference between ineffective and effective practice means the difference between mediocrity and mastery. If you’re not practicing deliberately — whether it’s a foreign language, a musical instrument or any other new skill — you might as well not practice at all.

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