There is an old joke about someone trying to get to Carnegie Hall and he spots another man carrying a violin case. He asked “Sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall? The other fellow smiles and says, “Practice, Practice, Practice.” As Greek Philosopher Aristotle once quipped “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Anything worthwhile takes consistent practice, staying committed to the process, and showing up daily. We get rewarded in public, for what we repeatedly and diligently practice in private. Whether it is becoming a prolific best-selling author, olympian, public speaker, entrepreneur, actor, musician, or whatever you want to become, it requires practice. It is often said that “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.”
Here are some great quotes on deliberate practice:
- Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback. – Malcolm Gladwell
- It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice. – Eric Lindros
- We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training. – Archilochus
- Excellence demands effort and planned, deliberate practice of increasing difficulty – K. Anders Ericsson
- The Difference between ordinary and extraordinary is Practice. – Vladimir Horowitz
There are no shortcuts. It will take you at least a decade to achieve expertise, and you will need to invest that time wisely, by engaging in “deliberate” practice—practice that focuses on tasks beyond your current level of competence and comfort.
- The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It’s not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it’s deliberate practice. Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously practicing their craft. – David Brooks
- Practice makes comfort. Expand your experiences regularly so every stretch won’t feel like your first. — Gina Greenlee
- You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes – that means your [preparation:]. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights. – Joe Frazier
- What determines how much time and deliberate practice a child is willing to devote to achievement? Nothing less than her character. – Martin Seligman
- Trusting one’s emotions requires constant vigilance; intelligent intuition is the result of deliberate practice. – Jonah Lehrer
An amateur practices something until he gets it right.A professional practices until he can‘t get it wrong!’
- I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.- Bruce Lee
- There have now been many studies of elite performers-international violinists, chess grand masters, professional ice-skaters, mathematicians, and so forth-and the biggest difference researchers find between them and lesser performers is the cumulative amount of deliberate practice they’ve had. Indeed, the most important talent may be the talent for practice itself. – Atul Gawande
- A principle is a principle and in no case can it be watered down because of our incapacity to live it in practice. We have to strive to achieve it, and the striving should be conscious, deliberate and hard. – Mahatma Gandhi
- Doing things we know how to do well is enjoyable, and that’s exactly the opposite of what deliberate practice demands… Deliberate practice is above all an effort of focus and concentration. That is what makes it ‘deliberate,’ as distinct from the mindless playing of scales or hitting of tennis balls that most people engage in.” – Geoff Colvin, So Good They Can’t Ignore You
- I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information. As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down. Reading that changed my life. I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage? Don’t I know how to do this already? The answer is no. You must keep doing it. The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop. – Jerry Seinfeld
- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. -Vince Lombardi
- The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle! – Michael Jordan
- Practice doesn’t make perfect if you’re doing it wrong. – Frank Sonnenberg
- Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. – Anton Chekhov
- You are rewarded in public for what you have intensely practiced & refined in private! – Tony robbins
It never gets easier. You just get better.
- Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost. – Michael Jordan
- To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive. – Paulo Coelho
When you are not practicing, someone else is. When you meet him, he will win.
- To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. – Kurt Vonnegut
- Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love. – Thomas Szasz
- Practice makes comfort. Expand your experiences regularlyso every stretch won’t feel like your first. – Gina Greenlee
- Champions keep playing until they get it right. -Billie Jean King.
- Practice daily because the quality of your practice determines the caliber of your performance. -Robin Sharma.
- Experts were once amateurs who kept practicing. -Amit Kalantri.
- Deliberate practice is hard. It hurts. But it works. More of it equals better performance and tons of it equals great performance. – Geoff Colvin, Talent Is Overrated
- Everything is practice. — Pelé
Practice is controlled failure. – Will Smith
All the Best in your quest to get Better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.