According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10000 hours to be a master at something. Do you agree?
When they were handing out the schedule for topics at bible school, guess what topic was first for me to teach?
Doctrine of sin, mmmmmmm I thought, what are they trying to say.
I reasoned they must of chosen me for that topic, since I am a professional at that. Given the 10000 hour rule, I should be a master 3 times over.
Anyway, a while ago I read an article on the saying ‘Practice makes perfect’. It was written by Glenn Fisher (The Shortcut Bulletin) I cannot seem to find it, or I would given the link here. But basically he was saying that this saying is impossible to achieve and we should really rethink how we approach learning new things.
Firstly we know that perfection here on earth is an impossibility, so why on earth would we practice with the aim of achieving a place we know cannot be reached.
I am not saying that we should not strive to get things right, we should. But our pursuit of perfection has always alluded humanity (ask Hitler). Ask any communistic idealist (thats what they all are ha ha ha). It seems wonderful in your head, until you try and put it into reality.
I think we should say practice will make you better, more and more practice will get you into the category of best. Its in that process you realise that you know very little and your character is built to withstand the trouble that all face later. This is the reason why one hit wonders almost never last. They never have the character built over time and fade very quickly.
Therefore don’t treat your life like that, never focus on any one thing sorting out everything. Never make the perfection the goal, because it is not doable. Do the best you can and practice, practice, practice at the thing you want to do well at (except in the case of sin hey).
If you want to try new things, please do, but set small bite size goals. Ones that can be done. There is enough time to deal with the impossible tasks, much later.
The reason why we have less masters at things these days is that they simply give up to soon. Thats why in the beginning, never set yourself an unreachable goal like perfection…….