I enjoyed this one! It essentially analyzes what makes up “grit”. The author determines that grit is more important than natural talent or any other personality trait in having success. It reminded be a little of “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell, but with more motivation (in that one Malcom makes it feel like success is dependent on many external factors, which of course is true).
Okay, so I read this book a couple of months ago as of this writing, so some of the finer details have been lost on me. The #1 takeaway for this book though is:
Deliberate practice according to Angela is when you practice something beyond just the comfortable or fun stage of it. To really get better, practice needs to challenge you at times and push your limits.
This really struck a chord with me, because as I try new tasks, I usually do it for my own enjoyment. If I am hitting golf balls, and reaching the tip of my ability to focus, instead of pushing through and reengaging, I would usually let my focus flounder, because I always thought I am just doing it for fun. That is not what will make you great at something, however. I don’t want to make it sound like we have to suck the fun out of our favorite tasks, but to be great, we do have to sometimes push ourselves beyond our previous limits. That’s what this book taught me.
Thus, quantity of practice is not as important as quality! Our practice has to have a purpose!. Check out this quote from the book below:
Since reading this, I have taken deliberate practice into my own life. Whether it be staying on a putting green with great focus for 30+ minutes or playing piano pass the point where I really am struggling keeping up with the music and hitting the notes, it is imperative to push yourself! Now, that I think about it, that’s probably why people benefit from coaches. It’s hard to push yourself.