To reach your personal potential requires practicing in the areas of your greatest talents (Click here to Tweet that). In Outliers Malcolm Gladwell said, “Researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours” This takes roughly ten years to accomplish. To become an expert in your talents requires being specific and disciplined in the areas you are practicing and developing in. The benefits of practicing in the areas of your greatest talents include:
1. You become better- When you intentionally practice in the areas of your talents it allows you to sharpen and refine your skills and abilities. To become better requires practicing in the areas of your personal talents. Practice should be a major component in every leader’s growth plan. When you practice it increases your personal and work performance.
2. You gain experience- When you practice in the areas of your talents it provides you with practical and hands on experience. To increase results and have impact requires being deliberate about gaining experience by practicing your talents. The amount of experience a leader has opens the door for new and better opportunities in the future. Julius Ceasar said, “Experience is the teacher of all things.”
3. You increase in authority- Practicing your talents increases your authority on the topic(s). The longer you practice and develop in the areas of your talents the greater your authority will be in those areas. It takes time and effort to move from low authority to great authority on a specific topic. An important aspect to becoming an expert or authority figure in your niche area requires the discipline of practice.
4. You advance forward- The practice you participate in today is an investment for your future. This is because practicing within the areas of your talents can excel you forward toward your potential and dreams. When you practice you see positive progress toward a better future. Retired professional tennis player Andre Agassi said, “If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.”
Question: What are some other things practice does for talents?