But what if I told you, that you should make more mistakes? What if I told you, that in order to maximize your inner genius, you need to embrace them? What if I told you, that your improvement depends upon them?
Why learning and mistakes go hand in hand?
“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” A. Einstein
Let’s face it.
We are not perfect and we will never be.
We are human beings endlessly striving to improve ourselves. Our quest to become the best we can be is never-ending. Every single day, from the moment we are born to the moment we die, is an opportunity for us to get better. There is always space for improvement.
This can be scary, however. Acknowledging that we are a work in progress means admitting our imperfection. We are destined for struggles and setbacks and yet we fight it with all our might. In our quick-fix culture where everything can be solved in 5 minutes, there is no place for errors. We need to get things done as fast as possible.
In my previous article on successful learning techniques, we have talked about how embracing desirable difficulties enhances our learning curve. We have also mentioned that forgetting plays an essential part of successful learning.
All these techniques we have discussed have one thing in common. All of them come from belief that in order to acquire durable knowledge and skills, we need to make learning harder. In other words, we need to make more mistakes. We need to allow errors to happen so we can correct them.
Learning is supposed to be hard. We are supposed to struggle when we learn new things. Setbacks are not only expected, they are desirable and beneficial for us. The more mistakes we make, the more opportunities we have to correct them and improve ourselves.
If we want to make our guitar practice effective and efficient, we need to practice in a way that prepares us for real-world scenarios. And for most aspiring guitarists that means live shows and performances. We need to think about complexity, variety and unpredictability of live conditions in our practice room, so we can perform well when it matters.
If we rely on artificial supports that won’t be available during live performance, we are setting ourselves up for failure. We need to come up with a practice plan that forces us to make mistakes when there is still time to correct them.
How do we do that? Continue Reading →