Practitioners Get Better
It should go without saying, but people who practice get better and improve their skills over time at a specific task. Anyone who wants to get better at anything, whether that is sports, science or artistic pursuits, needs to put in serious practice time in order to improve. Of course, not everyone is going to be counted among the greats. People must remember that just because they might never be the best doesn’t mean they can’t be successful and good at what they do.
Talent Without Practice Is Counterproductive
It is true that people have varying natural ability and therefore start from different places when improving skills. Some will also improve faster than others. However, being too good at something can be problematic. Many people with innate skill may not have to work as hard and therefore plateau in their ability. Even for people who do have innate talent in something, they still need to practice to get better or even excel at it.
Quantity And Quality Of Practice Both Matter
There has been a lot of discussion in the scientific community about deliberate practice and how it differs from more casual, less serious efforts. Many theorists have also thrown around numbers of practice hours needed to achieve success. While exact numbers are often meaningless, the amount of time anyone spends practicing is undeniably important, as is the quality of practice and instruction they receive. People who have quality instructors and seriously devote themselves to improvement universally see better results.
Practice Is Enjoyable
For someone who loves doing what they do, practicing is enjoyable in and of itself. The acts of doing, of learning and of creating often give a strong sense of accomplishment and happiness. Practice lets someone do what they love even if they don’t wish to do it professionally and works as both a confidence and mental health booster.
No matter how much talent someone starts with, practice, persistence and hard work are undeniably important for achieving success. Goals may change and not everyone will become the elite of the elite, but everyone can find a role doing what they love to do. People should pursue their passions and nurture their strengths in order to accomplish this.