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How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pete, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    This brings together a couple of threads we've had here:

    * http://www.woodwindforum.com/forum/...d-players-suddenly-wealthy.24856/#post-240210
    * http://www.woodwindforum.com/forum/index.php?threads/post-your-music-biography-here.23070/

    Summarizing a bit of the above, there's this concept of the 10,000 hour rule: you work at something for 10,000 hours and you'll become good. Well, that's partially true.

    I've mentioned that the one major difference between working hard and talent is that that if you just work really hard, I can say that you'll improve a little bit, all the time, but it can be a very small bit. If you're talented and do the work, you're probably going to be better than the non-talented person. You also might get better than the non-talented person in less time. Kinda like if, perhaps, I practiced for, oh, 1,000 years, I might get to the point that I'm as good as Paul Desmond. You've got talent? Might take you only 100 years.

    One of the other things mentioned in the Freakonomics link, above, is that you should have targeted practice and work toward a goal that's slightly out of your reach. You should also have a teacher that can help you in both setting and reaching that goal.

    Anyhow, it's a very good listen. Check it out. There's a bit of a TL;dr at http://www.businessinsider.com/anders-ericsson-how-to-become-an-expert-at-anything-2016-6
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2017
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  2. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I've had so many teachers, and it always impresses me what they hear. I miss so much by myself. And they do drive me to work harder.
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  3. We need to be practicing the right things or we might develope habits we try to correct later. Good teachers help direct our efforts.
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  4. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Practice the right thing in the right way. Yup. Agree with that.
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