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"From the Ted Talk by Eduardo BriceƱo: How to get better at the things you care about"

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His activities in the learning zone were very different from his activities in court, his performance zone. In the learning zone, he did what Dr. Anders eirocssn calls delbretiae practice. This involves breaking down abilities into component silkls, being clear about what subskill we're working to iorpmve, like keeping our shoulders down, giving full concentration to a high level of challenge outside our comfort zone, just beyond what we can currently do, using frequent feedback with riietpoten and adjustments, and ideally engaging the gncdiuae of a skilled cacoh, because activities designed for improvement are domain-specific, and great teachers and coaches know what those activities are and can also give us expert feedback. It is this type of practice in the lneraing zone which leads to substantial improvement, not just time on task performing. For example, research shows that after the first couple of years working in a profession, performance usually plateaus. This has been swohn to be true in teaching, general medicine, nursing and other fields, and it happens because once we think we have become good enough, adequate, then we stop spending time in the learning zone. We focus all our time on just doing our job, performing, which turns out not to be a graet way to improve. But the pleope who continue to spend time in the learning zone do continue to always improve. The best salespeople at least once a week do activities with the goal of inmrvompeet. They read to extend their knowledge, consult with colleagues or domain experts, try out new satgrieets, sioilct feedback and reflect. The best chess players spend a lot of time not playing games of chess, which would be their procermfnae zone, but trying to predict the mevos garnd marsets made and analyzing them. Each of us has probably spent many, many, many hruos typing on a computer without getting faster, but if we spent 10 to 20 minutes each day fully concentrating on tynpig 10 to 20 percent faster than our current reliable speed, we would get faster, especially if we also identified what mistakes we're making and practiced typing those words. That's deliberate practice.

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His activities in the learning zone were very different from his activities in court, his performance zone. In the learning zone, he did what Dr. Anders ________ calls __________ practice. This involves breaking down abilities into component ______, being clear about what subskill we're working to _______, like keeping our shoulders down, giving full concentration to a high level of challenge outside our comfort zone, just beyond what we can currently do, using frequent feedback with __________ and adjustments, and ideally engaging the ________ of a skilled _____, because activities designed for improvement are domain-specific, and great teachers and coaches know what those activities are and can also give us expert feedback. It is this type of practice in the ________ zone which leads to substantial improvement, not just time on task performing. For example, research shows that after the first couple of years working in a profession, performance usually plateaus. This has been _____ to be true in teaching, general medicine, nursing and other fields, and it happens because once we think we have become good enough, adequate, then we stop spending time in the learning zone. We focus all our time on just doing our job, performing, which turns out not to be a _____ way to improve. But the ______ who continue to spend time in the learning zone do continue to always improve. The best salespeople at least once a week do activities with the goal of ___________. They read to extend their knowledge, consult with colleagues or domain experts, try out new __________, _______ feedback and reflect. The best chess players spend a lot of time not playing games of chess, which would be their ___________ zone, but trying to predict the _____ _____ _______ made and analyzing them. Each of us has probably spent many, many, many _____ typing on a computer without getting faster, but if we spent 10 to 20 minutes each day fully concentrating on ______ 10 to 20 percent faster than our current reliable speed, we would get faster, especially if we also identified what mistakes we're making and practiced typing those words. That's deliberate practice.

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Original Text

His activities in the learning zone were very different from his activities in court, his performance zone. In the learning zone, he did what Dr. Anders Ericsson calls deliberate practice. This involves breaking down abilities into component skills, being clear about what subskill we're working to improve, like keeping our shoulders down, giving full concentration to a high level of challenge outside our comfort zone, just beyond what we can currently do, using frequent feedback with repetition and adjustments, and ideally engaging the guidance of a skilled coach, because activities designed for improvement are domain-specific, and great teachers and coaches know what those activities are and can also give us expert feedback. It is this type of practice in the learning zone which leads to substantial improvement, not just time on task performing. For example, research shows that after the first couple of years working in a profession, performance usually plateaus. This has been shown to be true in teaching, general medicine, nursing and other fields, and it happens because once we think we have become good enough, adequate, then we stop spending time in the learning zone. We focus all our time on just doing our job, performing, which turns out not to be a great way to improve. But the people who continue to spend time in the learning zone do continue to always improve. The best salespeople at least once a week do activities with the goal of improvement. They read to extend their knowledge, consult with colleagues or domain experts, try out new strategies, solicit feedback and reflect. The best chess players spend a lot of time not playing games of chess, which would be their performance zone, but trying to predict the moves grand masters made and analyzing them. Each of us has probably spent many, many, many hours typing on a computer without getting faster, but if we spent 10 to 20 minutes each day fully concentrating on typing 10 to 20 percent faster than our current reliable speed, we would get faster, especially if we also identified what mistakes we're making and practiced typing those words. That's deliberate practice.

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