Friday, July 6, 2012
You've heard, "Practice makes perfect," haven't you? You may have heard the correction to that from none other than Vince Lombardi, "Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect." Well exactly what is perfect practice? I believe the answer showed up in my email yesterday from the folks at Delancey Place. Perfect practice "...requires a mindset of never, ever being satisfied with your current level of ability." It also requires "...a daily self-critique, a pathological restlessness, a passion to aim consistently just beyond one's capability so that daily disappointment and failure is actually desired, ..." These excerpts are from The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent and IQ by David Shenk, Anchor Books, New York. The discussion of Ted Williams in the preface alone is life changing. The bottom line it that if one commits to perfect practice as described in more detail in the book for ten thousand hours [roughly ten years] one will achieve a level of mastery one can't imagine at the onset. So, I'm 68 and I want to write a series of best-selling novels, but haven't managed to complete even one. Now, there is very real, reason to hope that by 78, I shall have done so. What would you like to accomplish through the magic of perfect practice?