September 03, 2010, 7:33 AM — We've all heard the old adage that practice makes perfect, but as it turns out there are specific things you can do to excel in your chosen endeavor beyond doggedly plugging away.
In a blog post on HBR, Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project and author of the new book "The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs that Energize Great Performance", offers these 6 keys for achieving excellence:
1. Pursue what you love
2. Do the hardest work first
3. Practice intensely
4. Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses
5. Take regular renewal breaks
6. Ritualize practice
And here's something that might surprise you:
"Ninety minutes appears to be the maximum amount of time that we can bring the highest level of focus to any given activity," says Schwartz. "The evidence is equally strong that great performers practice no more than 4 ½ hours a day."
Yes, excellence is within reach. And now that you know what it takes, it's up to you whether you pursue it.
Read the full article at the link below for more details how to practice, what feedback to seek, and why it's going to take you 10,000 hours to get there.