Practice Makes Perfect?
We’ve been told over time that practice makes perfect. It was taught to us in school sef. Who am I to say that my Head Master was wrong?
Now while I wouldn’t say outrightly that this is straight up not true, I think you should know that it is not entirely accurate. Practice does not make perfect. Practice does not make permanent. Practice instead makes Proficient.
Let me explain:
You remember those crazy exam questions where you’re provided four correct options and asked to select the most appropriate answer. e.g UI’s Post Graduate Exams. All the options would be correct. But there’s only one appropriate answer. Mad exam .
So back to the matter…
When you say that Practice makes Perfect, you inadvertently say that Perfection is attainable. This is not quite accurate as it automatically negates the concept of Practice which is something you’re supposed to do to get better. Thus you’re never going to perfect it… You’re only going to get better at it.
When you say that Practice makes Permanent, you inadvertently say that the things once learnt can’t be un-learned. It is stuck permanently. If however you back track and say the things learnt can be un-learnt then automatically it was not permanent in the first place.
When you say that Practice makes Proficient, you are saying that the more you practice something, the faster, easier and better you become at performing or executing it. The keyword is BETTER.
You are supposed to get BETTER not become perfect or get any permanent lessons.
The more you do something, the faster and easier you will be able to do the same things. This is Proficiency not Perfection or Permanency. Whether they be the right things or not is another matter.