Food for Thought: Practice Makes Perfect

Remember the saying, “Practice Makes Perfect?” It is very important to practice whatever craft you want to master. It might not just be the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell describes in his book Outliers and they discuss in this article.

The last sentence of the article asks, “the important question now is, what else matters?” The fact is, besides practice, you need a solid network and connections. People who will talk about you, confirm your abilities, and help strengthen your brand. Without those so called “Influencers” or “Validators” in your corner, you could be the best at whatever you do, but never be recognized for it.

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I read how many books in 2012?

There aren’t a lot of books on my list, and I’m not publishing it here for bragging rights.  Fifteen was my magic number.  I have a friend who keeps a spreadsheet of books that he reads – I think for him it’s a little brotherly competition, plus he likes to make lists.  He and his brother tend to read between 40-50 books a year each.  I don’t have that much time on my hands, nor do I think I could ever read that many books in a year.  Anyhow, check out these gems!

Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain: The Nasty Bits
Anthony Bourdain: Medium Raw
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm: Erin Byers Murray
Richard Branson: Like A Virgin
Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers
Photographs Not Taken: edited by Will Steacy
Inbound Marketing: Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah
The Startup of You: Reid Hoffman
REWORK: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Stephen King: On Writing

There were probably a few others, but they are escaping me at this moment.  My goal is to read twice as many books this year.  I’m not so concerned about topics (since some were all over the map) – rather, I’m interested in how people write about their past experiences.  With that in mind, if you run into me in a bookstore, chances are I’ll be in the Memoir / Creative Non-Fiction section.  Where would you be?

There were also a few business-related books in that mix.  I was able to extract a few great ideas and put them into practice.  You can always use a few great ideas.