Deliberate Practice

Shane Parrish writes about the nature of deliberate practice. As he notes,

Despite repetition, most people fail to become experts at what they do, no matter how many years they spend doing it. Experience does not equate to expertise.

Why would that be? Because normal practice just repeats what you can already do. In contrast, deliberate practice challenges you, and it’s meeting and mastering challenges that moves you to higher levels of skill.

Mastering challenges requires feedback to understand what needs to be improved. Although you can monitor your own practice, thus giving yourself feedback, it can be helpful to have another set of eyes, a coach or teacher.