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Practice makes expertise

Practice makes perfect is a quote from Benjamin Franklin that is now a cliché. When I try a new recipe, I follow the instructions with care, and it often turns out well. The second time, I only look at the recipe if I feel lost, and it often does not turn out well. The third time, it becomes something completely different, and sometimes it turns out well. After that, if I continue with it, I develop my own version of that initial recipe that tastes good all the time.

In every instance, I eat what I make. (If you’re ever eating at my place, it may be a good idea to find out what repetition I’m on.)

One lament I hear often is from younger people I know who feel they aren’t moving up the corporate ladder fast enough. To their mind, they’ve been exposed to some experience, have spent years in university learning techniques, and know they have what it takes to do well. On some days, they will do well. On other days, they will discover the hard way that experience is essential and irreplaceable – it’s our builder of instinct, of gut knowing.

Practicing our skills, over and over again, in every imaginable and unimaginable scenario, is what turns us into an expert.


Quote of the Week

Good judgment is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgment.”

– Mark Twain


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