Learning and Mastery

Getting better at anything isn’t a straight, upward climb: it’s what happens when all of the right ingredients come together.

Shown is a graph - "x" axis is time, and Y axis is level of skill. The dark line on top shows how the overall skill changes over time. Beneath it are lots of little colored lines; some follow the main trajectory, but many are up and down at different times.

That’s why improvement is impossible unless we work on our weaknesses, and we’re only as good as our weakest link: all the practice in the world won’t do anything if you’re just making the same mistake, over and over.

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