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People believe that expert performance means the performer must be endowed with talent. This is only true for some individuals.
The difference between expert performers and regular people is that experts have spent a deliberate effort to improve their performance in a specific area. They practice with the objective of mastering it.
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We tend to think that practice means endless repetition of the same task, where the goal is to progressively become an expert. The most efficient route to expertise is not mindless practice, but deliberate practice.
Deliberate practice is focused, systematic, and purposeful.
Instead of mindlessly practicing a skill without improving, deliberate practice can result in better performance and in a shorter time.
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