The Impact of Practice

Every time you are not practicing someone else is.”

–Boris Becker,
German tennis player

Considering how successful Boris was, at an extremely young age (if I remember rightly he was still 17 the first time he won Wimbledon), one has to suspect that he knew what he was talking about on the subject of practice. For any child/ learner who resists or resents practice, here’s further evidence and proof;

Mindshift Article – How Much Practice is Too Much?

So, for the pupil or child who won’t practice we have the Malcolm Gladwell answer (10,000 hours is the required minimum to become great at anything) or the answers based on this new research. However, like it or not, they’re going to have to accept that there’s no substitute for practice. These are vitally important discussions to have with children. Otherwise, we run the risks of them believing that talent/ skill/ ability to excel at anything is innate. It’s also good that they know that those who appear to be doing well at things such as academics whilst claiming to do little or no practice are invariably bluffing!

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One Response

  1. Somehow I still believe, Talent is inborn. No amount of practice can develop talent. However, skill can be developed with practice.

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