Handbook for Living a Meaningful Life: Rule # 5– Be Patient. Persevere. Use Perfect Practice.

” If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”  Buddha

” It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Einstein

Author’s note: From the Handbook for Creating and Living a “Meaningful Life”: 30 Rules of the Road comes–Life Principle  #5: Be patient. Persevere. Use Perfect Practice. By learning to do the right thing the first time around you will save time and energy in your practice session and become a master quicker. Remember practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Does 10,000 hours make you an expert or master of a subject or performance activity, like tennis or public speaking? From my review of the literature, it appears that the key to performance mastery is 10,000 hours done in deliberative practice structure. So what exactly is deliberative practice. Most research defines deliberative practice as an activity with a very well-defined end-goal, which should be difficult. The activity needs to be highly repeatable. There needs to be feedback on the quality of each repetition; so it is helpful to have a coach or friend review your performance.

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