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.

  • http://gravatar.com/marcuswilliamson Marcus Williamson

    Good word as always :)

  • http://dustn.tv Dustin W. Stout

    These should be published into a book. I’d definitely buy it. And happily take a small royalty for giving you the idea John. ;) jk

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you could have 100% and it would pay for a tall coffee…!

      • http://dustn.tv Dustin W. Stout

        Would be totally worth it.

  • http://bluecapra.com/ Alan Reeves

    I agree that practice does not make perfect but it does make you better. In that phrase, the idea of perfection is not necessarily about a universal perfect but more about what is perfect to you.

    If you Michelangelo and Picasso were both asked to draw an apple, the results would most likely not look anything alike but to each artist, it would be a perfect apple.

    I like to two graphs but I think a combination of both would be more accurate; a spiraling, looping line trending higher on the perfection scale as it increases in practice.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’d be ok with that!