Practice simply because practicing is the only way to get better.
The best way to improve any skill, no matter if it is hard, soft or any other kind, is through practice. However, theoretical knowledge, occasional or inconsistent practice only gives people the impression of progress, when in reality it means little.
You don’t practice once you are good at something
In his amazing book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell says “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
That means that we have to start with practice in the beginning, and do not delay it to a later time. It is easy to think of any reason not to practice, or to delay it until a certain point, but the truth is that the more we delay the practice, the more we delay achieving mastery in any field.
Think of it like this. If playing the piano didn’t require practice, everyone would be able to do it. Now take a moment and think about you and the people that you know. How many of them are actually able to play the piano well? Playing well, creating a beautiful audio experience is not easy. It takes work and effort.
Nowadays there is a common misconception that everything is easy, that with technology we can actually do everything. It is true that technology enabled us to do a lot of things, but to do them well… that’s a different story. Technology started a revolution, it changes the way we think, search for information, and how we practice. But in a world like this, where access to information is fast and comes with low cost, practice becomes even more important, not less.
Even our learning skills, the way we see the world, the way we frame questions and we approach a challenge need practice. Balancing time, creating priorities, and discovering the important things in life, also requires practice.
Our learning path is not linear
We start our life with an inclination to learn, to acquire knowledge that will help us survive. But once we get to a point, we start to relax, we procrastinate and delay the practice of learning. We get the idea that learning is linear, that once we learned how to read and write, we can do anything. That is simply not true.
Our learning path is not linear, as we are told. It is iterative, meaning that we learn something, we practice, and we return to learn some more, and then we practice some more. We continue to lay multiple layers on the same foundation that we have built in the past. As we practice, we gain more fluency, more knowledge, we can see things more in-depth. In time, we master the basic skills, and these allow us to practice higher-level skills until we master those too. The process continues as we develop.
It is no surprise that not all the people that can write, are good writers. It is no surprise that not everyone that can speak and read, can become great orators. However, the more we practice, the more we develop our skills and the better we become.
Getting back to basics practice is essential
At some point, people decide to change their focus. When we switch the context, we choose another job, or simply decide to quit and relax, we go back to the basics. When we chose a new career, we fall back all the way to the foundation. We have to start from scratch, build it, to practice the low-level skills until we are good enough so that we can progress forward.
Because of that, it is important to make a decision as fast as possible and not procrastinate when we are thinking about a career. Delaying a decision won’t make it easier, it will only kill our chances of becoming masters in a certain domain.
Now it’s YOUR turn
- What is the thing that you are passionate about?
- Do you practice your most important skill every day?
Through this article series, we are helping you build a solid mindset. We are strong believers that once we can understand a subject, we can engage with the idea or refuse it altogether. Both ways are helping us grow and develop our own way of seeing the world.
In the end, everything starts with us, with our mind, our self, and even our stories. Choose to act now on Studylia.