The Practicing Mind [NOOK Book]

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Early life is all about trial-and-error practice. If we'd given up in the face of failure, repetition, and difficulty, we'd never have learned to walk, tie our shoes, or ride a bike. So why, as adults, do we often throw in the towel when at first we don't succeed? Modern life's technological speed, habitual multitasking, and promises of instant gratification don't help. But in his study of how we learn (prompted by his experiences as a musician and adult newbie golfer), Thomas Sterner has found that we have also ...
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Overview

Early life is all about trial-and-error practice. If we'd given up in the face of failure, repetition, and difficulty, we'd never have learned to walk, tie our shoes, or ride a bike. So why, as adults, do we often throw in the towel when at first we don't succeed? Modern life's technological speed, habitual multitasking, and promises of instant gratification don't help. But in his study of how we learn (prompted by his experiences as a musician and adult newbie golfer), Thomas Sterner has found that we have also lost the principles of practice; the process of picking a goal and applying steady effort to reach it. The methods Sterner teaches show that practice done properly isn't drudgery on the way to mastery but a fulfilling process of building focus, mind-calming clarity, and joy-filled effort in and of itself. The practicing mind savors the baby steps that lead to great strides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608680917
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 212,641
  • File size: 443 KB

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Entertaining, but not particularly useful

    I've been reading several books relating to consistent practice and human improvement (Coyle's "The Talent Code", Colvin's "Talent is Overrated", even Gladwell's "Outliers" has some relevant material) and I have to admit that "The Practicing Mind", to me, was inferior to these. It read more like a personal journey--which is fine--but I was hoping for controlled studies, etc which SHOWED correlations and results and gave solid guidance. So--entertaining, pleasant, worth a read, but not particularly useful in a journey towards mastery; for this niche, I'd even recommend Leonard's "Mastery" over this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Sterner provides his personal experience developing discipline a

    Sterner provides his personal experience developing discipline and practice, providing useful and implementalbe suggestions for a person trying to gain more discipline and focus in life. I took quotes from the book and used them in a daily reflection to improve my focus and discipline. The book is not intended as a research paper on mindfulness or practice, but as a practical guide built on first person experience. I recommend the book to others and have bought a couple extra copies to share with family and friends. I recommend this book over authors like Gladwell ("Outliers") who tend to cite papers and sound authoritative but do not always get the science right or develop helpful suggestions that a person can use to change their own behavior. It is also more accessible to a western audience then many excellent mindfulness books by authors such as Thich Nhat Hanh (The Essential Writings is recommended). I would give the book 5 starts for how useful it has been in my life, but Sterner does get a bit wordy in places -- still an excellent book you can use to change your life.

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