To maximize your (creative) potential, you need practice. Not just any kind of practice, but deliberate practice. You need an honest assessment of your skills, your strenghts, and weaknesses. And you need to work on both of them.
It’s the best way to drastically improve at something in the long run.
Ten thousand hours rule might not apply to everyone, but I’m pretty certain that you’ll be a whole lot better at something once you’ve done it deliberately, on a daily basis, for a massive amount of time.
Regardless of where we choose to apply ourselves, deliberate practice can help us maximize our potential—no matter what cards we were dealt. That is the magic of deliberate practice. It turns potential into reality.
Expert-level performance is primarily the result of expert-level practice not due to innate talent.
In the age-old fight between hard work and talent, researcher Anders Ericsson says it’s no contest. Practice wins the day.
The latest science suggests we are all capable of extraordinary performance in some domain of expertise; the key is finding the mode of expression that best allows your unique package of personal characteristics to shine.
Until Next Week
Practice might not be everything, but it will surely increase your chances of success dramatically.