Thursday, March 23, 2006

How to be an Expert

If I ever needed a kick in the pants to put in the hours of practice, it is now. I am painfully aware of the (seemingly massive) gap between what I want to do with music and where I am now. I have the desire, but do I have the dedication?

I found this post - How to be an Expert - at Creating Passionate Users today, and it is exactly what I needed to read. It has served as a reminder that it is possible, but I really need to knuckle down. I need to dedicate and commit myself fully. It's certainly not going to be quick and easy.

...The only thing standing between you-as-amateur and you-as-expert is dedication...

(via Watermark)


Jon Y said...

Hi Anastasia,

Thanks for your recent submission to

Congrats on your blog. It is indeed light-hearted and very easy reading.

Loved the post. I've attached a link to something similar that I keep by my side. Don't pay too much attention to the title, it belies the real message.

Hope you enjoy it and let me know if it helps.

Jon Y

bookfraud said...

nice post -- sad to think that genius takes hard work. sad, but true. as much as we think of mozart effortlessly composing or paganini playing, it was lots of practice, practice, practice. paganini practiced 15 hours a day when he was a teenager, and of his own volition. that's why he was the greatest violinist of all time (and those wacky joints of his...)

Anastasia said...

Thanks Jon, but I couldn't find the mysterious link... am I just blind...?

bookfraud: I think I prefer to think of it as encouraging that genius takes hard work - it means we all have the potential...

bookfraud said...

anastasia: i meant it to be encouraging -- that nobody, even the most talented, can succeed without hard work; you can't unlock it until you try.

Anastasia said...

Ah, I see what you mean now, bookfraud. Cheers :)

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