Deliberate Practice

As for chess players, we now see that their amazing memory is based on more than just an ability to perceive pieces in groups. The best players also understand the strategic importance of each group, its role in attacking, defending, and distracting the opponent, and so on. In the letters-versus-words analogy, it isn’t just that novices see letters while experts see words; the experts also know the meaning of the words.

[Superior memory] further requires consistently relating new information to higher-level concepts, which is hard work. Far from being a general ability, it is ultimately a skill that is acquired through many years of deliberate practice.

  ~ Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin


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