Most people don’t understand the difference between performing and practicing. This is why they never get good. They think they are practicing but they are only performing. You are performing when you are using your skills and you are practicing when you are intentionally working to improve them.
When a guitar player plays a song she knows, she is performing.
When she analyzes her mistakes and try to improve, she is practicing.
You can perform something forever without improving that much. It’s the feedback loop of a practice that will make you good. I have seen this over and over in my career: An ambitious and bright person starts her career and grow initially fast and then plateau and never evolve much past that.
The salesman who only sells will never be a master salesman.
The writer who only writes will never be a great writer.
The manager who only manages will never be a top leader.
The programmer who only code…
You get the idea.
Doesn’t matter what you are doing now. If you want to be good you need to establish a practice. Greatness doesn’t come to those who just go through the motions.
What are you going to practice this week?
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