Friday, February 03, 2017

Peak, Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool***

Just finished Peak, Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

The book is definitely worth reading. There is much to put into practice here. I rated it 3 *** out of 4 only because the main point is easily granted and it is belabored for 259 pages.

I will give you the salient facts.

1. Prodigies aren't- They got good because of practice, even Mozart!
2. Deliberate practice is the key to expertise- Not just practice. If you do the same thing over and over, you will get good at that but will not improve. Deliberate practice that leads to expertise means always working on something that pushes you beyond what you can currently do.
3. Mental Representations are key to benefitting from deliberate practice. You should have a conceptual grid of where you are going in your practice. It might be understanding what a piano piece is supposed to look like, or how movements work, or the vision of the perfect jumpshot. These mental representations enable you to engage in productive deliberate practice.

Worth the read.

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