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Whatever scores you or your child have recently earned on important tests, you probably want to see improvement. Honestly, just about everyone–from the testing elite to those barely scraping by–aspires to greater achievement. Unfortunately, the path to next level performance doesn’t always look that appetizing. How can a test taker who fell short of his or her score goals improve those scores? How does anyone get better at anything challenging and worthwhile? How does a pianist improve speed, timing, and precision on difficult pieces? COACHING AND PRACTICE How does a runner increase speed while building endurance? COACHING AND PRACTICE How does a baker create more consistently elaborate and delicious confections? COACHING AND PRACTICE How does a baseball player improve batting average? COACHING AND PRACTICE How does a potter expand the size and volume of pots thrown while maintaining quality? COACHING AND PRACTICE How does an actor master all of the…

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What if you could go to the gym once and be fit for the rest of your life? Or you could have one conversation in a foreign language and be entirely fluent? The sad truth is you can’t. There just aren’t shortcuts to success. What’s more, imagining the possibility of such outcomes might, in fact, be the thing that holds you back from actually accomplishing these sorts of goals. When you look around at successful people—in any discipline—what you don’t see is the months, years, even decades of hard work and incremental improvement that brought them to where they are. Mastery, it turns out, is not so much about innate ability (though that helps) or sudden revelation (even if artists sometimes depend on this) but something more akin to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule. But, what’s going on in those 10,000 hours exactly? Hard work, a little luck, and trust in…

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