014. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
Does practice really make perfect?
They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something. But what if I want to master playing the harp, but no one teaches me any techniques and I just sort of strum it like a guitar. I might master playing the harp terribly and probably break 10,000 harps but I won’t be ‘perfect’ at it.
Perfect practice on the other hand, that’s where it’s at.
I first heard this saying from my brother, he heard it from his golf coach. It makes sense especially when speaking about activities like golf. It’s full body, you have to build up particular ways of moving your body from a young-ish age to really be amazing at it (and golf is like really really hard).
Golf lessons for people who have already played for a decade are the biggest rip-off. Your body has already got the muscle memory you have developed, and it’s so extremely rare and difficult to reverse this.
I didn’t intend for this to get so golf heavy but I hope you’re at least following.
It’s fine to start a hobby without learning the ‘correct’ way to do things (I’m doing this right now with painting), it’s your hobby no one should care how you’re going about it!
But if you are wanting to succeed, and excel at something, well then practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
Learn the basics, have a solid foundation of knowledge. You can see this in a lot of masters of painting, look at Picasso. His earlier work was very much learning the fundamentals of painting, lighting, tone ect.
This foundation gave him the skills to go forth and produce his most famous work. Before experimenting with perspective and reality, he had to understand how to show that effectively.
What does this have to do with what I usually talk about?
Well I think more small business would benefit greatly from perfect practice.
A lot of small businesses are started by very excited founders. This is good, that excitement is good but sometimes in those early days the excitement can be a cause for cutting corners, even if you don’t realise that’s what it is.
This can mean getting behind on invoices because you never set up a system for it, or having inconsistent marketing tactics because you didn’t take the time to plan it out. Some things can be small but others are larger. Inconsistent brand voice or branding can be detrimental for you business.
I want to write another post about bad habit to break early on when starting your business, let me know if that's something you would like to read about.
If you want any personal small business advice feel free to flick me an email, email@example.com
- Maisie MacDonald, Creative Director, Maisie Heather Studio.