Top 5 reasons why Practice does not make Perfect

I have been involved in working within the Information Technology
discipline for nearly the past three decades.  In that time, I have
learned that practice does not make perfect by any means.  It is widely
known, and accepted, that if you keep doing a particular task long
enough you will find that the once difficult task will become easier.   

I will list the top 5 reasons why Practice does not make Perfect:

1. You do not know enough:  Would you agree that
most people do not know enough about their trade to be considered
experts that would allow them to perfect their craft?  How often have
you been doing something a particular way for a very long time just to
realize that there has been a much simpler way available for years?  A
perfect example that most people can relate to would be text (SMS)
messaging.  In the early years of text messages, there were many who
refused to communicate using this method and they are the very people
that would not be able to survive without it today.  Much more recently,
the availability of apps such as WhatsApp, among others, that allow you
to provide instant video-based text messages that are quick and
painless.  The sooner you learn that change usually results in personal
and professional growth the better for you.  Stop resisting the
inevitable or you will simply be left behind.  


2. You have not been doing it long enough: One of
the most important lessons I have learned in life is that you can never
know enough about anything.  There is always someone somewhere, usually a
lot closer than you think, that knows way more than you do.  So, if you
believe yourself to be an expert in the topic then think again.  Just
because you have been doing something for many years does not make you
an expert.  If that were true, every person that drives a car would be
considered an expert driver – we all know that is NOT the case.  The
sheer amount of both book knowledge and experience you would need to be
considered an "expert" or "perfect" driver would consume your every
waking moment.  If you don't believe me, just go online and glance at
the resumes of professional drivers to learn what it would take to
perfect the art of driving.  Lesson number two: Just because you have
been working in your area of discipline for decades does not make you an


3. You lack passion: One of the key
indicators of a true professional is that they have tremendous amount
of passion about what they do.  It does not matter if they make clothes
or are chefs or design websites.  Passion is one of the key ingredients
needed to make a success story.  Just look around your own circle of
friends and colleagues you meet each day.  How many of them would you
say are passionate about what they do?  5%?  10%?  20%?  You will find
that the answer to that question might just surprise you.  Most people
that work for a living are not at all interested in the job that pays
them.  Their true passion, all too often, lies someplace else.  I meet
people in the technology profession all the time that consider their
work "a way to pay the bills" when what they would really like to do is
be a musician or be a car enthusiast or do something else. Lesson number
three: Have passion for your profession without which success, or
happiness, is not possible!


4. You are not critical enough: Have
you ever heard someone say "Devil is in the details?"  I am here to
tell you that it is the truth.  The "devil" is in the details.  The one
characteristic that separates an expert from a novice is an experts
ability to scope out every bit of detail associated with a given task
quickly and efficiently allowing them to complete the task with a great
deal of perfection.  This is true for all professions.  Michael Jordan
was quoted saying "I have failed over and over and over again and that
is why I succeeded."  The underlying message behind his quote is that he
learned from his mistakes by continuously analyzing what he was doing
wrong that allowed him to significantly improve his skill and eventually
become the most revered athlete the world over.  Lesson number four:
 Analyze what you do, how you are doing it, and continuously seek to
improve your methods.  Doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting a different result each time is called insanity!


5. You give up too easy: As soon as
people are presented with a hurdle that would require some effort on
their part to overcome, they usually quit.  Believe it or not, there
would be many more successful people in this world if the majority did
not quit so easy.  Perfection comes with a very hefty price tag!
 Individuals that are looked upon as experts in their field or are
considered by many as perfectionists usually have to put forth a
tremendous amount of effort into maintaining their status.  Lesson
number five:  Don't just say you want to be perfect at your craft, bring
your "A" game each day and make it happen!


I hope that the list above has provided you some insight into why I believe practice does not make perfect.


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