The Deliberate-Practice System
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I optimize deliberate practice?“
“There are two aspects to deliberate practice:
– Skill-Specific Practice
– The Deliberate-Practice System
The former varies with every skill; the latter stays the same regardless of skill.
Gain clarity on and endlessly optimize the deliberate-practice system.”
“What are the components of the deliberate practice system?“
“I’ve identified the following:
Every skills is a bundle of sub-skills. To deliberately and efficiently practice a skill, you need to identify its highest-leverage sub-skills – the fundamentals. Practice the fundamentals until they become second nature.
Principles are essentially mental models. They are meaningful, abstract patterns that are transferable across disciplines.
The Practice Loop (Scott H. Young)
Repeatedly performing a skill with the intention of improving it. Deliberate practice is a feedback loop. The purpose of the loop is two-fold:
– identifying and fixing weaknesses
– identifying and internalizing quality
The most efficient way to practice is by having access to a coach. In the absence of a coach, you need to become your own coach. In this process, writing is invaluable. It helps you gain clarity on your practice, it allows you to track progress, and it helps you gain self-knowledge.“
“Self-knowledge? Are you still talking about deliberate practice?“
“All practices, regardless of form, converge on the same Path: The Path of Wisdom and Mastery.”