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Practice is good, but purposeful practice is better. Practicing deliberately is what will produce tangible results rather than mere passive improvement. Learn to set clear objectives to help squeeze more productive juice out of the time you already spend practicing.

  • 03:04 Your best works will be produced after the 10th year of your career.
  • 05:42 The “10,000 hours” isn’t just basic, passive work. It’s deliberate practice.
  • 07:05 Deliberate practice is objective-oriented.
  • 07:11 When you sit down, you have to have a goal for this particular practice session. What are you going to improve this time when you practice?
  • 08:00 Sure, you can engage in passive practice and you might accidentally see some improvement over time, but that’s far from deliberate.
  • 11:15 You have to balance the technical practice with contextual application.
  • 13:18 4-Step Formula for Practicing Deliberately:
    1. Study your work
    2. Identify an area in need of improvement
    3. Practice focused areas to refine
    4. Repeat
  • 14:09 THIS is the kind of work that is going to count toward your 10,000 hours. Not many people are willing to do it.
  • 16:08 If you get burnt out working on refining your practice, you can switch over to a supplemental or complementary skill to refresh yourself. Work on something tangential. Just keep the habit up of deliberate practice. You always want to be improving something. Once you’re refreshed, you can come back to your primary pursuit, and it will feel new again.
  • 17:51 It comes down to clear objectives and a goal. You have to go into your practice session with that mindset. Pick something to improve and then work on it. Don’t just mess around and hope you’ll get better accidentally.
  • 18:12 No phenomenally skilled person got that way accidentally.
  • 18:19 I get harsh on “talent”.
  • 20:43 People are good at things because they practiced. Those people you look up to—the masters? They poured years of blood, sweat, and tears into what they do. I don’t care about your exceptions. I don’t care if someone else actually did have it better, or if they got a head start.
  • 21:33 It doesn’t matter. None of that affects YOU. You have control over you, and you alone.
  • 21:48 If people spent the same energy they used comparing & complaining about their disadvantages on something meaningful, they’d be so far ahead.
  • 22:02 Q: “But don’t some people just inherent good genes?:
  • 23:20 A: 1) Hard work will always beat natural talent. 2) Even if someone did inherent an ability, their advantage is going to be marginal, and they still have to work hard to compare to someone else who is working hard.
  • 24:31 Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to what you could do if you applied yourself.
  • 28:03 Commit to practicing deliberately. This is an active pursuit, not a passive one.
  • 28:10 You have to constantly assess where your weaknesses are, and dedicate yourself to improving them.
  • 28:17 It does you no good to continue practicing what you already have perfected. Seek out those areas where you are lacking.
  • 28:25 The people that are going to be ahead aren’t those that are born with something. It’s the people who are committed to maintaining high levels of consistent, deliberate practice.