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Peak by K. Anders Ericsson
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This book challenges Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-Hour Rule - that you need to have practised and to have apprenticed for 10,000 hours before you get good. Anders Ericsson argued that while practice is important, it's not the whole story. Besides the quantity of hours spent practising, there's also the quality of that practice, which allows us to learn more efficiently. The trick is what he coins as "Deliberate Practice":

1. Create a feedback loop - surround yourself with experts and get their feedback
2. Focus very delierately on the sub-skills that make up an overall skill
3. Be a teacher - "If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." - Einstein

Overall, I think it's an interesting book that challenges me to think about how I can pick up skills more efficiently, rather than just jump into practice, practice, practice.
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August 17, 2017 – Started Reading
August 22, 2017 – Shelved
August 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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