Warning: Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Practice makes permanent.

Practice can sear technique into your brain and muscles.  It can enable you to do something without much conscious effort.

Obviously, that can be problematic.  If you practice sloppy technique, that’s going to become your default.  If you practice poor thinking or illogical problem solving, you’ll be in the habit of thinking poorly and making logical errors.  Not good.

Instead, we should listen to Vince Lombardi: if you want to master something, you need to practice it perfectly.  You obviously can’t start out practicing something perfectly, but practice doesn’t end when you perform it perfectly the first time.  It ends when you can perform it perfectly just about every time.

This takes a lot more effort, but frankly, not practicing at all is probably more beneficial than practicing poorly and forming harmful habits.


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