Practice: 7 Keys to Success

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”

–Saadi Shirazi

Trial 1: “Practice makes perfect.”

Do something.

Observe results.

Measure results.

Assess results against intention.

Trial 2: “Perfect practice makes perfect.”

The “P” of Practice is a reminder that all skills must be developed.

If you are fortunate, you will succeed on the first try.

If you are human, and if you are operating at your potential, the results of your first attempts may not meet your highest aspirations.

“Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.”

–Mike Ditka

7 Keys to Success

  1. Foster a generous, kind, helpful, continuous improvement mindset in all members of your team.
  2. Consider all first efforts a pilot, like an experiment.
  3. After early attempts and failed attempts, do a retrospective and find what elements worked, as well as those that did not.
  4. After retrospectives, create a new Plan, keeping the things that worked, and revising the things that didn’t. Then make another attempt.
  5. Practice with intention to improve.
  6. Don’t get upset over it. Have fun. Excessive stress, including pressure to learn or perform (even if it’s just perceived pressure), reduces learning effectiveness.
  7. Measure results. Don’t just guess or assume learning or mastery is occurring.

“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”

–Will Smith

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

–J.K. Rowling

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