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Practice does not always make perfect

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We are all familiar with the old adage:

Practice makes perfect.

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I’m sure most of us have even accepted it as fact. The more you practice something, the better you get at it – obviously! And, even if you never quite reach actual perfection in it, you at least develop a proficiency in it.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I watched a video on Becca Courtice’s blog that totally turned that idea on its head for me.

Becca featured an interview with professional scribe Paul Antonio and they talked about the pre-basics of learning calligraphy. Paul said something that really struck me:

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent.

Paul Antonio

As Paul explained, if you are practicing something the entirely wrong way, that absolutely won’t make it perfect. It can’t. It will, however, make the imperfections permanent.

BOOM! Serious mic drop moment for me.

How did we never glom onto that before? Or is it just me? Did everybody else realize this, while I was off to the side practicing to make my imperfections permanent? Dang!!

This whole idea has added a completely different dimension to practically everything I do now. See…you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!!

Have you thought about this before? Where and how did you stumble across that idea?

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Author: heresmeg

I am an avid reader and learner who, not surprisingly, also loves to write!

4 thoughts on “Practice does not always make perfect

  1. I guess I should have caught on… It’s what we call a bad habit… Doing something incorrectly, like mispelling a word in the same way for years… and then when you finally learn the correct spelling, you are so confused, that you need to check the dictionnary every time…
    So developing bad habits is about practicing the correct behaviour instead of the incorrect one…

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  2. Major “aha” moment for me right there! Thanks for sharing!

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