Deep Practice Makes Perfect

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“Practice makes perfect”, as the English idiom saying, we are familiar with the common sense to do hard work and to repeat our hard work to achieve our success. And when we see people practice effectively, we usually describe it with words like willpower or concentration or focus like the proverb “Where there is a will, there is a way” (p. 13, 14), but those words don’t quite fit as the author Daniel Coyle claimed in his book The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born.
It’s Grown. Here Is How.
In his book, based on the observations of the training of football player, singing of chorus of a pop song, and a handful of other “the chicken-wire Harvards.” examples (p. 11), Coyle argues that practice effectively are not only described with words like will power or concentration or focus, because then are purposely operating at the edges of their ability, so they are screw up.
And somehow screwing up is making them better (p. 14). Coyle quotes the collective talent of
Brazilian soccer players to illustrate his basic argument. Contrast to conventional way to explain this kind of concentrated talent of Brazilian football players by attributing it to a combination of2 genes and environment, a.k.a nature and nurture, Coyle uses the fact happened before and after
1950s, and finds that the surprising answer is that Brazilian players have trained in a particular way since 1950s, with a particular tool that improves ball-handling skill faster than anywhere else in the world. Coyle calls that kind of training deep practice, and then he shows that it applies to more than soccer. (p. 14)
Another way to show his concept of deep practice is one of his experiment to do it as he says
“the best way to understand the concept practice is to do it”. I took that...

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...nd our present abilities; to target the struggle. Because thrashing blindly doesn’t help, reaching does. So our job is all about find the sweet spot as Coyle cited Bjork’s saying, to find the optimal gap between what you know and what you are trying to do (p. 19). There is also limitation, no detail suggestions or measurements for readers to apply to find the “sweet point” ------at least the extract I read. We all know that there is a sweet point, but how to find it is more important for us to apply it deeply. We need detailed measures and guide to follow to practice. One thought I had in writing this review, is that I will apply Coyle’s concept of deep practice in my teaching work, in my daily life, and also share with my friends, my students.

Works Cited

Daniel Coyle (2009), The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here Is How. , Bantam
Dell, New York.

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