Who hasn’t been told that practice makes perfect? It’s a lie if ever I heard one, but you can’t deny that practice generally does make you, and the results, better. Sometimes, the only thing that keeps me writing at all is the hope that if I keep at it I won’t be able to help improving
I need to hang on to that thought, and that’s why I was chuffed to find a review of David Shenk’s book The Genius in All of Us in the NYT. I’m not sure about all of his theorising, but I’m sure pleased with the idea that our problem is not tapping into latent talent rather than most people just not having anyway. That means there might be hope yet, if I can just focus hard enough to… oh look, a squirrel.