Why ‘practice makes perfect’ is a lie (and what really boosts performance)

Joel Gerschman

Ever heard the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ ?

Well, it’s not true. If you practice the wrong things, you won’t actually improve – you’ll just get better at doing the wrong things.

So what does in fact improve performance?

In this video we explore one simple but powerful strategy for boosting performance in any area – family, business, life.

Episode Highlights

  • Reflect and Review. This was a major lesson Joel took away from reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. Practicing something and expecting to get better over time without a reflect and review period is like flying in the dark without instruments.
  • Why ‘practice makes perfect’ is a lie and what to do instead.
  • What Andre Agassi did to become the best return of all time and what you can learn from this.
  • Practice makes perfect vs practice makes permanent. What you practice will become ingrained in you, which means that if you practice the wrong things you’ll just get permanently good at doing the wrong things. You need to practice correctly and know that what you are doing is moving you closer to the desired outcome.
  • An example from Raph of applying deliberate practice and what the result of that has been.

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