Saturday, January 5, 2013

Practice doesn’t always equal improvement

January 2013 Book Review

Practice Perfect
The authors remind us, just because someone is practicing doesn’t mean than making improvements.  The right kind of practice is paramount in achieving progress.  The authors also need to take back their creative control and re-title to book Practice Permanent.  They seem to mention it a few times throughout the book.  Something about this book didn’t resonate as much with me.  I can’t be too critical because the book’s primary target audience is teachers.  Their premise is more than sound and consistent with other books I’ve read on skill and talent development.  They seemed overly reliant on limited references, and ones I’ve read many times over (primarily John Wooden and Dan and Chip Heath).
Here are a few of the better passages I came across (many of which came from another source other than the authors):
“Never mistaken activity for achievement” – John Wooden
In reference to James Surowieck’s observations – “a missing submarine is found in the midst of thousands of square miles of open ocean by averaging the guesses of multiple scientists as to its location.  No individual was close, but the average of all the individual opinions was stunningly accurate.”
“for a novice, seeing someone execute the steps is essential.”
“she would have pointed out that if you never fall, you aren’t pushing yourself and you aren’t improving as fast as you could be.”
The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:
out of five stars