Trial 1: “Practice makes perfect.”
Assess results against intention.
Trial 2: “Perfect practice makes perfect.”
This lesson is a reminder that all new techniques must be practiced before they become reliable skills.
“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”
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.”
7 Keys to Success
- Have fun. Don’t get upset over any failure or setback. Sustain a spirit of adventure and inquiry. Excessive stress, including pressure to learn or perform (even if it’s just perceived or imaginary pressure), reduces learning effectiveness.
- Consider all first efforts a pilot, like an experiment.
- Foster a generous, kind, helpful, continuous improvement mindset in yourself, and in all members of your team.
- Practice with intention and expectation to improve. Stick to it and you will see results!
- Measure results. Don’t guess or assume learning or mastery is occurring. Verify, validate, and check in with the facts to see what’s working and what isn’t, and make adjustments as necessary.
- After early attempts and failed attempts, do a retrospective and find what elements worked, as well as those that did not.
- After the retrospective, create a new Plan. In the new plan, keep the things that worked, and adjust the things that didn’t. Then make another attempt. (Go back to “Trial 1” above).
“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.”
“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.”
For more information
- Practice for Knowledge Acquisition (Not Drill and Kill). Designing activities with the goal of transferring knowledge.
- An argument for repetition, review, and rehearsal in effective learning: Spaced Repetition
- The Differences Between Skill, Ability and Technique in Fitness
- Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont
- What is a retrospective
- Saadi Shirazi: By Attributed to Govardhan – newsdesk.si.edu, Public Domain, Link
- Mike Ditka: By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason J. Perry – http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=38816, Public Domain, Link
- Will Smith: By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
- J.K. Rowling: By Daniel Ogren, CC BY 2.0, Link
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