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Principles of Deliberate Practice

Principles of Deliberate Practice

  1. The field must be well developed. If there’s no competition to indicate skill, then it’s hard for there to be deliberate practice because the differences of the best are less clear.
  2. It requires a teacher who can provide practice activities
  3. Near maximal effort, constantly being taken out of your comfort zone by a teacher or coach. Not “fun”
  4. Well defined, specific goals, not aimed at “overall improvement.”
  5. Full attention and conscious action, no autopilot.
  6. Feedback and constant little improvements, modifying efforts in response to feedback
  7. Building and modifying mental representations

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When Practice Doesn't Lead To Improvement

When Practice Doesn't Lead To Improvement

  • We all follow pretty much the same pattern with any skill we learn: We start off with a general idea of what we want to do, get some instruction (teacher, a book, or a website), practice until we reach an acceptable level, and then let it become automatic. 
  • But

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Mental Representations

Mental Representations

  • They are mental structure that corresponds to an object, an idea, a collection of information, or anything else, concrete or abstract, that the brain is thinking about.
  • They help with processing large amounts of information quickly, despite the limit...

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Effectively Practice A Skill Without 
A Teacher

Effectively Practice A Skill Without A Teacher

Keep in mind three Fs: Focus. Feedback. Fix it.

Break the skill down into components that you can do repeatedly and analyze effectively, determine your weaknesses, and figure out ways to address them.

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Perfect Pitch

Perfect Pitch

It is far from being a gift a lucky few have. It can be trained: By exposing kids to tones and challenging them to match them before age 4, they can develop perfect pitch for the rest of their life. Even adults can learn some of this, though there is some brain plasticity at that...

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Common Performance Myths

Improvement is possible is we learn to let go of these myths:

  1. The belief that one’s abilities are limited by one’s genetically prescribed characteristics.
  2. If you do something for long enough, you’re bound to get better at it.
  3. All it takes to improve is effort. If you ju...

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The Deliberate Practice Mindset

The Deliberate Practice Mindset

It offers the following view: anyone can improve, but it requires the right approach. If you are not improving, it’s not because you lack innate talent; it’s because you’re not practicing the right way.

Once you understand this, improvement becomes a matter of figuring out...

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Practice Vs Natural Talent

Practice Vs Natural Talent

There is no such thing as natural talent or prodigies.

The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement. Nothing else. 

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Naive Practice And Purposeful Practice

  • Naive practice means doing something repeatedly, and expecting that the repetition alone will improve one’s performance. This is how most people “practice” but it’s ineffective.
  • Purposeful practice has well-defined, specific goals. W...

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Components Of Purposeful Practice

  • Purposeful practice means having a plan - putting a bunch of baby steps together to hit a long term goal, 
  • Purposeful practice is focused.
  • Purposeful practice involves feedback: you have to know whether you are doing somethin...

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Motivation And Maintaining Motivation

  • The best way to move past any plateau is to challenge your brain and body in a new way. Figure out the components of the skill that are holding you back, and find a way to push yourself more on those specific elements. Design a practice technique focused on improving that sp...

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Living In The World Of "Good Enough"

The reason that most people don’t possess extraordinary physical capabilities isn’t because they don’t have the capacity for them, but rather because they’re satisfied to live in the comfortable rut of homeostasis and never do the work that is required to get out of it.

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Deliberate practice involves well-defined, specific goals and often involves improving some aspect of the target performance; it is not aimed at some vague overall improvement. Once an overall goal has been set, a teacher or coach will develop a plan for making a series of small changes that will...

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