Here is some good news and bad news about becoming successful in whatever field of endeavor you choose. Good news is that it will take about 10 years or 10,000 hours to master the knowledge and experience to make it “big” The bad news is that most be , including coaches and bosses are impatient and don’t want to put in the effort and target practice to achieve at the mastery level. In other words, most of us give up before we have a chance to succeed.
“Successful people spontaneously do things differently from those individuals who stagnate. They have different practice histories. Elite performers engage in what we call “deliberate practice”–an effortful activity designed to improve individual target performance. There has to be some way they’re innovating in the way they do things.” K. Anders Ericsson, Professor of Psychology Florida State University
The old struggle between “nurture and nature” goes on, but in his 900+ book and over twenty-five+ years of research Ericsson builds the case for practice, perseverance and patience. He says with the exception of some sports–“no characteristic of the brain or body constrains an individual from reaching an expert level.” So what are the keys to success–Here is a snap shot of what Ericsson says are the secrets to “Performance Mastery”
1. Targeted and deliberate practice– they spontaneously do things differently from those individuals who stagnate. They practice differently from average performers–“They have different practice histories. Elite performers engage in what we call “deliberate practice”–an effortful activity designed to improve individual target performance. ”
2. Being passionate and curious–in other words a live-long student–seeking out answers to questions and looking for innovative ways to capture knowledge and experience. Both theirs and others.
3. Seek feedback on how they are doing and how they can improve. Just enjoying what you do makes a critical difference in performance.