July 10, 2020

Listener Favorites | Anders Ericsson: Mastering Your Craft Through Deliberate Practice

Listener Favorites | Anders Ericsson: Mastering Your Craft Through Deliberate Practice

Ever heard the phrase "practice makes perfect?" According to Anders Ericsson, that's only true if the practice is done deliberately and not carelessly. Expertise is not born of natural talent but of hard work. He discusses the idea of de...


Ever heard the phrase "practice makes perfect?" According to Anders Ericsson, that's only true if the practice is done deliberately and not carelessly. Expertise is not born of natural talent but of hard work. He discusses the idea of deliberate practice and how to apply that not only to technical fields and artistic practices, but also to our daily work lives.

 

Anders Ericsson was a Swedish psychologist who is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. He focused primarily on the idea of deliberate practice as a means of how expert performers acquire their superior performance. His work inspired Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book, Outliers. He died on June 17, 2020 at the age of 72 and will be long remembered as the "expert on experts" who demystified excellence.

 

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Anders Ericsson

ANDERS ERICSSON, PhD, is Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He studies expert performance in domains, such as music, chess, medicine, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms through extended deliberate practice. He has edited "Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance" (2006) and "The Development of Professional Expertise" (2009).In the book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell based his "10,000 hour rule" on Ericsson and colleagues's research on musicians.