How can we improve?

Today I just read two posts about how to improve from blogs of very diverse topics such as swimming and leadership.

The blog post about swimming is from coach Terry Laughlin:

Terry Laughlin

Terry Laughlin

Psychologists who study the acquisition of excellence say that only a tiny percentage of people in ANY discipline work purposefully and continuously at improving. The vast majority are satisfied to simply be DOING.

The blog post about leadership is from marketer Seth Godin:

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

The most important and difficult form of management (verging on leadership) is to encourage people to do better.

Lessons learned

  • If we want to improve in any discipline we need not only to practice this discipline, but we need to practice it with the clear purpose of improving.
  • Every time we practice, every time we do something, we need to find ways to do it better.
  • And even when we are not doing, but just thinking about it, we need to think on how to improve, we need to study ways to improve.
  • We only improve if we want to improve and work on improving!

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