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Getting through the hazards of life requires understanding, skill, experience, and self-assurance like that required to sink a difficult basket under pressure. In the game of life, that is called righteous character. Such character is not developed in moments of great challenge or temptation. That is when it is used. Character is woven quietly from the threads of hundreds of correct decisions (like practice sessions). When strengthened by obedience and worthy acts, correct decisions form a fabric of character that brings victory in time of great need.


Righteous character provides the foundation of spiritual strength that enables you to make difficult, extremely important decisions correctly when they seem overpowering.


Righteous character is what you†are.†It is more important than what you own, what you have learned, or what you have accomplished. It allows you to be trusted. It opens the door to help from the Lord in moments of great challenge or temptation.

Author: Elder Richard G. Scott, Source: http://tinyurl.com/lnkjreSaved by mlsscaress in obedience strength trust character challenge experience skill quiet understanding temptation trials practice worthy decisions selfassurance 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The striking thing about Ericsson's study is that he and his colleagues couldn't find any "naturals," musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any "grinds," people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn't have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work juts hard or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.


The idea that excellence at perforing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researches have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.


"...in study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again. Of course, this doesn't address why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others do. But no one has yet found a case in which true world class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to acheieve true mastery."


This is true even of people we think of as prodigies.

Author: Malcom Gladwell, Source: Outliers, pp.39-40Saved by mlsscaress in excellence work genius repetition effort practice mastery 10000 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Author: Elmore Leonard, Source: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules of Writing: http://query.nytimes.com...Saved by mlsscaress in effective practice writing interesting 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in heaven, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains, and attend strictly to those things which we call temporal, or temporal duties, otherwise your faith will be in vain; the preaching you have heard will be in vain to you, ...unless you attend to the things we tell you.
Author: Brigham Young, Source: http://asay.blogspot.com/2006/12/orthodoxy-and-orthopraxy-in-o...Saved by richardkmiller in religion duty doing practice 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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