You’ve heard the saying, practice makes perfect, right? We’ve all head it, but has anyone ever analyzed this saying to figure out what it really means in the working or entrepreneurial world?
Well, I’m going to show you why that statement is wrong and what can be said to make it correct and accurate.
There are three levels of practicing something, they are:
- Practicing, or doing something over and over. This means practicing a task, a skill, with no intention of getting it right but just to do it faster. In fact, you’re just doing activity for activity’s sake. You’re neither effective nor efficient. You’re having fun at it and enjoying it for what it is and there is nothing wrong with this, but it is hoped that you won’t take this attitude to doing a job or working on a career. You won’t last long.
- Practicing, or doing something over and over until you get it right. This is the next level what most think of when it comes doing something over and over. But this point is different than the first. You have to learn either from trial and error from yourself or from someone else’s failures what is good and what is bad. When you now know what is the good and right way of doing it, you’ll work on it until you get it right. You’re effective, but not efficient. This is where most people are focused on. To get it right.
- Practicing, or doing something over and over until you can’t get it wrong. This next level of practicing is taking the previous level and practicing it until your nearly perfect at doing it, you make few, if any, mistakes. This is both effective and efficient.
So, there you have it, but to reframe the oft said saying:
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect