Perfect Practice makes Perfect

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Bruce Lee said, “I do not fear the man who has practiced 10,000 different kicks but the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.”

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

For several years, I have heard it said that practice makes perfect; however, this is an inaccurate statement. Perfect practice makes perfect.

I enjoy playing racquetball and play 2-3 times per week unless we are out of town. When someone is new to the game, he or she can run around and work up a sweat but in order to play at a high level one must practice. It’s only practice when a player hits the same shot over and over when practicing but he or she does so with the wrong form. Incorrect form may allow a player a certain amount of success but the player will never compete at their maximum level without perfect practice. A sore shoulder, sore elbow or a sore back often results from an improper practice swing.

If you could afford to practice 8 hours every day, without correct form, you may hit the occasional good shot but the shots will be inconsistent at best.

Business owners could learn a lesson from this principle. Too many times business owners will try to mimic practicing 10,000 things instead of practicing 1 thing 10,000 times. They obtain a measure of success but they could maximize their opulence with perfect practice.

A business owner doesn’t have to be all things to all people in order to have a profitable and enjoyable business. Build the reputation of being the best in your field because you have had perfect practice 10,000 times.

I worked for a man who told me a story of a man who owned a local transmission shop. He said he took two different vehicles to the car dealership where they purchased them and the dealership could not figure out what the problem was with the transmission. He then took it to the local transmission shop and they not only diagnosed the problem, they repaired it. I have taken different cars and trucks to this local transmission shop because they know their business and all they do is transmission work.

Who do you know who has applied the principle of perfect practice? Share your thoughts below.

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       James Barber

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