It’s gonna take time…

Posted in About something else,Books by wikithink on March 12, 2010

…a whole lot of precious time, It’s gonna take patience and time…to do it right. That’s a part of a song, but it’s also a great quote.

Getting into the book Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else you can find out that talent is not an innate gift that those great performers got as a gift. It’s just a matter of time and deliberate practice to be a great performer in almost any field. The book stated this idea supported by a lot of research in different fields like music, sports, games, and also business.

The idea of deliberate practice is stretch yourself beyond your actual abilities. It’s not just working hard, you have to focus the work (your energy, your available resources-time, practice, knowledge) on the right direction. Most of us doing any activity will achieve a certain level of performance and, as the research shows, that puts us in a comfort zone regarding this activity.

As Geoff Colvin wrote down in the book “Noel Tichy, a professor at the University of Michigan business school and former chief of General Electric’s famous Crontonville management development center, illustrates the point by drawing three concentric circles, he labels the inner circle “comfort zone”, the middle one “learning zone,” and the outer one “panic zone.” Only by choosing activities in the learning zone can one make progress.  That’s the location of skills and abilities that are just out of reach.  We can never make progress in the comfort zone because those are the activities we can already do easily, while the panic-zone activities are so hard that we don’t even know how to approach them. Identifying the learning zone, which is not simple, and then forcing to stay continually in it as it changes, which is even harder — these are the first and most important characteristics of deliberate practice.”

And after the design of the deliberate practice, the whole process is gonna take time…a whole lot of precious time. The research studies has shown that it takes a lot of time to be a great performer using deliberate practice in any field, a bunch of years usually…to do it right.


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  1. Martin said,

    about 10000 hours of practice in the view of Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. But your post goes a bit deeper. Was nice reading about learning beyond the comfort zone. Nice post!… and a new book in my wish list 🙂

  2. wikithink said,

    The book doesn’t go in deep about the idea of the three circle, just that reference. But I loved that one!!. The book goes into delibarate practice in different fields, giving you plenty of examples about it. I might said that you are gonna like it.

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