I, like many of you, grew up with this idea that “practice makes perfect” and the more you practice the closer you get to perfect (or perfection).
It was a nice idea but I never found it to be true. In fact, as I’ve worked on the things that I consider my personal “craft” I’ve seen it dip up and down and back in on itself as my technique and expertise fluctuates to accomodate greater forms of mastery.
In other words, I don’t believe for a second that practice makes perfect but rather a process that goes deep, wide, and back and forth.
If I have to use that simple phrase using similar language I’d probably say just “practice makes people” since I believe that any good artisan understands that it’s more about oneself and the art of doing rather than the ultimate product that is produced.
I have learned more about myself in the process of creating than all the creations that I’ve created, if that makes any sense. The more we know the more we are truly human.