Tip 15Practice, Practice, Practice

When I was a music student, I spent long nights in my university’s music building. Through the thin walls of the university’s practice rooms, I was constantly immersed in some of the ugliest musical sounds imaginable. It’s not that the musicians at my school weren’t any good. Quite the contrary. But they were practicing.

When you practice music, it shouldn’t sound good. If you always sound good during practice sessions, it means you’re not stretching your limits. That’s what practice is for. The same is true in sports. Athletes push themselves to the limit during workouts so they can expand those limits for the real performances. They let the ugliness happen behind closed doors—not when they’re actually working. ...

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