Expertise

“None of our men are ‘experts.’ We have most unfortunately found it necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his job. A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is. Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind a great number of things become impossible.” ~ Henry Ford

“The practice sessions of aspiring champions have a specific and never-changing purpose: Progress.  Every second of every minute of every hour, the goal is to extend one’s mind and body, to push oneself beyond the outer limits of one’s capacities, to engage so deeply in the task that one leaves the training session, literally, a changed person.” ~ Matthew Syed

“When most people practice, they focus on the things they can do effortlessly.  Expert practice is different.  It entails considerable, specific, and sustained efforts to do something you can’t do well – or even at all.  Research across domains shows that it is only by working at what you can’t do that you turn into the expert you want to become.” ~ Ericsson

 

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