“Practice makes perfect.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice reduces imperfection.” ~ Toba Beta
I was recently going through a book titled The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday. I came across a passage titled “Learn. Practice. Train.” Here is a part of that passage –
Very few people can simply watch an instructional video or hear something explained and then know, backward and forward, how to do it. Most of us actually have to do something several times in order to truly learn.
One of the hallmarks of the martial arts, military training, and athletic training of almost any kind is the hours upon hours upon hours of monotonous practice. An athlete at the highest level will train for years to perform movements that can last mere seconds — or less.
Simply knowing isn’t enough. It must be absorbed into the muscles and the body. It must become part of us. Or we risk losing it the second that we experience stress or difficulty.