“Deliberate practice is characterized by several elements, each worth examining. It is activity designed specifically to improve performance, often with a teacher’s help; it can be repeated a lot; feedback on results is continuously available; it’s highly demanding mentally, whether the activity is purely intellectual, such as chess or business-related activities, or heavily physical, such as sports; and it isn’t much fun.” -Geoff Colvin, Talent Is Overrated
Doing the same thing over and over again? Mindlessly. Not trying to get better. Not seeking out honest, critical feedback. Not being open to new ideas. Not pushing yourself. Not growing. Not stretching. Not learning.
Of purposeful, deliberate practice.
Which would you choose?
For a deeper dive, check out this excellent article and list of books at the end.