Why Showing Up Just Isn’t Enough
Even if you’ve been doing the same work for eight hours a day for 20 years, there’s a good chance you’re only fine to middling at it. The plot thickens, too: despite years of practice, as time goes by you might actually become worse at your job. Extensive research shows that even experienced doctors score lower on tests of medical knowledge than their greener peers.
Talent is Overrated
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We all know the saying “practice makes perfect,” so what’s going on here? Ask Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, and he’d tell you that mastery is a function of much more than time. To get really good, you’ve got to get comfortable with something called deliberate practice.
Deliberate practice requires identifying specific elements of your performance that need work and then, through repetition and feedback, improve them. Deliberate practice is more than putting in the hours. Here, according to Colvin, are its 5 defining traits:
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