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Three Myths of Skill Building

In studying skill-building we have come across something that we think you will find interesting as we did.

 The Three Myths of Skill-Building

  1. “Skill is Genetic.”
    “She is a natural.”
    “He was just born with a natural ability that few possess.”

    While being tall can be an advantage in playing basketball or first base in baseball or playing tennis, the same advantage is not there as a gymnast or shortstop or a pole vaulter! No one is predisposed to be great at anything. The only place that skill comes before work is in the dictionary!

  2. “If I Just Do it More, I’ll Get Better.”

    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. While doing something repeatedly will lead you to do it better, sooner rather than later, you will find yourself in that inevitable plateau of mediocrity with no way out!

  3. “If I Just Try Harder, I’ll Get Better!”

    Trying harder will never improve your skill. Trying harder makes you more careful, and being careful is trying to not fail.