Monday, May 19, 2014

Over and Over and Over

“The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.” John Wooden

Coach Wooden was right, but how many of us are willing go over something again and again and again and again?

See, you didn’t even like reading and again a few times. Not only do we often lack the patience to deal with repetition, if we do, we don’t understand that each time we repeat the process we need to be aware of learning something new.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Outliers, he says that true experts have 10,000 hours invested in a skill before they are masters of it. The truth, though, is that 10,000 of doing something over and over is simply 10,000 hours of doing something over and over if you don’t continue to learn how to improve.

Whether you are a golfer, a mechanic, an astronaut or an administrative assistant, you should be aware of the power of repetition and that the power can be multiplied by a simple awareness of what  you are doing each time you repeat the task.

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