practice — observations #21

Studies suggest that people don’t really know what practice is, especially not deliberate practice.  Geoffery Colvin puts it best:

Simply hitting a bucket of balls is not deliberate practice, which is why most golfers don’t get better.

Hitting an eight-iron 300 times with a goal of leaving the ball within 20 feet of the pin 80 percent of the time, continually observing results and making appropriate adjustments, and doing that for hours every day – that’s deliberate practice.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/10/30/8391794/

Mark Sanborn quotes Covlin and makes some interesting observations about practice in our workplace here. And I’ve mused on practice before, in a sense, in Sharpen the Axe.

I’m wondering about two other applications.

1) As aerospace professionals

2) As dads (or more generally, as parents)

What are you doing to practice?

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Life is a journey. And these are observations from ours.

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