Practice Makes…


Malcolm Gladwell in his book titled, Outliers makes the assertion, based on research, that the magical number of practice hours it takes to make one an expert in his or her field is 10,000. While I agree with this approximation, I still see areas where natural ability can come into play when referring to talent.

My chorus director in college always said, “Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.” Many people believe that if they practice long and hard enough, they can be great at anything. But, can a tone deaf person become a virtuoso? Can someone with a flat personality become an actor? These questions aren’t meant to put down or discourage, but rather to increase our perception of what talent is and how we develop it.

Practice is a way to improve a talent you already care about and realize you have. If you have a greater talent for singing, for instance, you are more likely to spend the time and effort it takes to develop that talent. If you have a lesser talent, you might make some improvement, but mostly you will integrate improvements that, with more practice, will continue with you throughout life.

This goes for writing, too. If you have the talent in the first place, you will be interested in the craft and will continue to hone your abilities. No matter what, if you love your art, you will never give up on it, no matter how difficult it may be to succeed. That’s what we do…peace to you.


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