Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Professor Anders Ericsson, a psychologist at Florida State University:

5 great thoughts towards achieving mastery in anything.


1) Remember that deliberate practice has one objective ‘to improve performance.’

  • Deliberate practice is about changing your performance, setting new objectives for yourself and straining to reach a bit higher each time you practice.


2) Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. (Did he say REPEAT?)

  • Something I personally learned in sports, you get better shooting hundreds of free-throws in basketball not 10 or 20.
  • Practice with perfection of the process in mind over and over again.
  • Very few people learn a new movement pattern the same day, or adopt a nutritional habit on the same day they learn it.
  • Doing it every day, consistently for a period of time is what ingrains it as ‘automatic.’


3) Seek Constant, Critical Feedback.

  • If you don’t know how you’re doing, you won’t know that you need improvement or how to improve.
  • This comes back the true importance of having a coach or mentor. They shouldn’t be there to catch fish for you, they should be teaching you how to catch fish.
  • A great coach knows how important it is for us to learn the “process


4) Focus Ruthlessly on where you need help.

  • Specifically focusing on them one at a time.
  • Start by fixing the skills, habits and behaviors you know to be the problem, then move onto to other things.


5) Prepare for the process, to be mentally and physically exhausting.

  • Peter Jensen (the coach of coaches) calls this ‘Preparing for Adversity.’
  • Realize that you are going to face adversity at some point in any PROCESS, so you may as well aim to prepare for it.
  • The key word here is PROCESS, if you are trying to change your body, expect a relatively long process.
  • The best athletes, businessmen, or artists always display an incredible mental toughness.They are always trying to get better and learn to cope well with the mental and physical demands.