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You Haven’t Practiced Until You’ve Performed

“One more seminar. One more book. One more coaching session. One more practice run-through. Then I can start,” we think.

Why not start now? Why not grow on the go? Why not learn while you live? Why not conceptualize while you create? Why not improve while you move?

Who sold us on this false dichotomy between learning and doing?

Practice is part and parcel of performance.


You don’t need a basketball to practice basketball (apparently)

I recently finished reading an article from Business Insider titled “17 Examples Of Kobe Bryant’s Insane Work Ethic.

The entire piece provides an enlightening look at the kind of discipline and dedication that often comprises what appears on the surface to be sheer athletic giftedness.

My favorite example is # 3:

He used to practice by himself without a ball, says Shaq. Shaq wrote in his book:

“You’d walk in there and he’d be cutting and grunting and motioning like he was dribbling and shooting — except there was no ball. I thought it was weird, but I’m pretty sure it helped him.”

Could anything be weirder, and seemingly more pointless, than practicing basketball without a basketball?

Stories like this compel me to ask myself the following question:

In what way is it possible for me to work towards my goals even when certain elements that appear to be essential are missing?

It’s easy to imagine how much further along we’d be if we had more time, more money, more support, more energy, more information, more experience, etc.

People with practice routines like Kobe Bryant remind us that there is always something we can do to get better if we’re willing to work hard, think outside the box, and risk looking weird for the sake of being great.

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