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Practice makes

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Whenever the phrase ‘Practice makes perfect’ is used, it is often correct.

However, the whole ‘perfect’ part restricts the emphasis of practice. Practice is actually just as important to achieve almost any goal you set

  • having the confidence to approach a new client
  • learning Python
  • learning to touch type
  • learning shorthand
  • being charitable

In fact most of your goals will not be to achieve perfection. They will be to simply get good at something; type 40 wpm or to not screw up.

‘Practice makes you pretty good’
‘Practice makes you not screw up’

These aren’t catchy phrases, but that doesn’t make them any less true.

Want to get fit? Practice being fit at the gym
Want to be a programmer? Practice it – write some code
Want to be a chef? An author? An extrovert? Intelligent? Confident?

You know what you need to do.

Two very complex and intensive careers, law and medicine, don’t try to achieve perfection they simply practice for their whole careers.

Perhaps the phrase should be shortened to simply ‘Practice makes’. That’s what it does. Are you using it?

Written by matthaughton

March 10, 2009 at 9:47 am

Posted in Business

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