Why is practice so important?
Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillful, swift, and steady.
When it comes to cracking an exam, there’s a huge focus on practice. Your teachers endorse it. Respected celebrities endorse it. Those who cracked competitive exams endorse it.
But, why is daily practice so important? Can you really beat someone gifted with high IQ, just by practice?
In this post, we will answer those questions and more. Let’s jump right in.
The Seinfeld Strategy: Power of Practice
Jerry Seinfeld is among the most popular comedians of all time.
He made millions of dollars, won prestigious awards, and starred in a popular sitcom that went by his name. His consistency at providing top quality content was remarkable.
You might be wondering what Seinfeld has to do with your next exam.
Well, a lot, especially, if you don’t want to rely on pure luck for success. Jerry developed a simple strategy that you can use to game your exam.
He practiced every day to get legendary at comedy. That’s it. That’s the "Seinfeld strategy".
Sounds easy? Let’s break it down, here’s how you can replicate his success:
- Buy a calendar and a permanent marker
- Invest at least 2 hours into practice every day
- For each day that you practice, put a X for that day on your calendar. Eventually, you will see a chain of Xs
- Don’t break the chain till the day you write your exam
Here’s the deal, irrespective of how you feel on a particular day, or how much you want to hang-out with your friends, you must study. Be it Sunday, or even your birthday, you must keep the chain going. Otherwise, you need to start all over again.
It doesn't sound easy now, does it? And that’s why others won't do it. Will you?
If it is overwhelming, you needn’t start with 2 hours daily. You can start with 1 hour and gradually increase it to 3 hours! But you need to put in the time, that’s the game.
No matter what your goal is, daily, sincere practice will take you places.
Not only Jerry, but science backs daily practice too
Let’s take an example, you learned how to ride a bicycle only after falling down tens of times. But eventually, you were able to ride on 2 wheels.
When you do something consistently, your brain starts to classify it as an activity of utmost importance. It builds more memory cells or neurons that make you more efficient every time you do that task!
You could balance the bicycle only after your brain formed enough neurons. For those neurons to form, you had to fall many times and try again each time.
In the same vein, your brain creates more neurons every time you take a mock test. When done daily, you reach a level where you minimize the brain power and time needed to answer a question. It becomes your second nature!
And that is how practice beats skill. Some of your friends might be exceptionally skilled at a subject. But daily mock exams will ensure that you score better than them.
It may sound like magic, but it’s simply the power of practice. Just don’t break the chain
© 2021 Trupti Singh