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Want To Conquer A New Skill? Do It Every Day

Want To Conquer A New Skill? Do It Every Day | All About Coaching |

At the intersection of psychology and productivity lies a simple truth: To do something well, you must embrace quantity. 

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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I found the story of Karen X. Cheng truly inspiring. Here's a glimpse of what she writes about her experience ( :

"This isn't a story about dancing, though. It's about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you're a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You're an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You're an athlete but you just haven't left the chair yet.

When you watch someone perform, you're seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you're seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don't see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don't see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don't see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good."

John Michel's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:21 AM

When you're learning a new skill--whether developing dance moves or websites--quantity is way more important than quality.

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Why Perfectionists Are Often the Biggest Failures

Why Perfectionists Are Often the Biggest Failures | All About Coaching |

A few years ago on a college campus, a ceramics professor decided to try an experiment on one of his classes. At the start of the semester he divided the class into two groups and explained that each group would be graded differently.

Group 1 would be graded on the total number of pots they could create throughout the semester, with a minor importance given to quality.

Group 2 would be graded on just one pot. They had all semester to work on just one pot so they better make it impressive.

At the end of the semester, the students all turned in their work for grading. To the professor’s amusement, the 5 highest quality pots all came from the group who was focused on quantity over quality. In fact, most of the pots from Group 2 were terrible. They just looked like over-worked lumps of hollowed out clay.

Why did this happen?

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