Ok, time for Tip/Skill #7: ( and 8,9, 10 – because they are part of the Whole)

BEFORE YOU START, FIGURE OUT IF IT’S A HARD SKILL OR A SOFT SKILL

Hard skills are about repeatable precision.

Soft, high-flexibility skills are about being agile and interactive; about instantly recognizing patterns as they unfold and making smart, timely choices.

The following three tips take this idea further, explaining the methods of deep practice that work best to develop each type of skill.

#8:
TO BUILD HARD SKILLS, WORK LIKE A CAREFUL CARPENTER

Be careful, slow, and keenly attuned to errors.

Make one simple move at a time, repeating and perfecting it before you move on. Pay attention to errors, and fix them.

The Suzuki music instruction method does this.

#9:
TO BUILD SOFT SKILLS, PLAY LIKE A SKATEBOARDER

Soft skills are the result of super-fast brain software recognizing patterns and responding in just the right way.

Soft skills are built by playing and exploring inside challenging, ever-changing environments. These are places where you encounter different obstacles and respond to them over and over.

Practice should be aggressive, curious, and experimental, always seeking new ways to challenge yourself.

After each session ask yourself, What worked? What didn’t? And why?

#10:
HONOR THE HARD SKILLS

Most talents are a combination of soft and hard skills.

Prioritize the hard skills because in the long run they’re more important to your talent.

________________________

BELL
3 Rounds for time
21 Deadlifts 185/125

15 Pull-ups

9 Front Squats 185/125

Air Force Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pennsylvania, assigned to 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, died January 5, 2012 at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his wife Alaina Bell; parents Richard Bell and Brenda Hart; sister SrA Candice Bell; stepfather David Aldrich; stepmother Kim Bell; stepsister Stephanie Battista; stepbrother Matthew Aldrich; maternal grandparents Ross and Gertrude Peters; paternal grandmother Carmen Bell; mother- and father-in-law Mike and Brenda Hart; sister- and brother-in-law Mariel and Patrick Wilcox; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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