The power of doing work is a single most important criteria that distinguishes a human as a social animal compared to others. The collective and individual efforts towards a work makes one understand the minute and the big picture at the same time. All work is not easy. It is also possible that some workaholics are overpowered by the work that they do. Ways of doing work are generally classsified as hardwork and smartwork. Hard work is the way for the newbies for repetitive tasks. These are mechanical after a certain level of preparation and could be done with zero mental effort. This includes solving same kind of arithmetic, driving on the same road for the umpteenth time, cooking the frequently made dish, sewing and what not. Malcolm Gladwell’s study, comes up with the 10,000 hour rule, says that a person becomes efficient and definite expert in the field of his work when he/she completes 10,000 hours of practice. The study was focussed on a group of violinists, the better players , a.k.a experts had put in more than this number of hours. Same goes for pilots and other jobs. Our Linux Device Driver teacher said in a crash course that with just 1/10th of that time put in the course, no one can claim to be an expert after the course, it will take time, and it is upto your tenacity and veracity with the job at hand that proves your expertise.
Having talked about hardwork let’s see the softer side of the work. The work in its true sense becomes easier , a.k.a “softer”, by repetition. The way of learning is one step at a time, for many days. This ensures consisted commitment towards the goal to be achieved, a perfect schedule and its adherence can also be ensured. This is what my Violin teacher John sir told me “ Don’t do hardwork, do only softwork”. Practice the violin 1 hour atleast per day. And keep practicing everyday. That responsibility of practice, the commitment to the self and the ultimate aim to be an expert with soft work keeps one grooved on the track.
Start with the first step , rest will follow
PS: The dailypost, postaday and daily prompts also say the same.
Read more from this series here :-
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 1 : Do not think ! - After learning some basic notes on the staves I was told to know it by heart. I had to memorize it, and then tell when I see a note. I used to count, say memorizing only the first not in space , the “F” on Treble clef. From there on I would count and then […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 2 : Don’t work hard - The power of doing work is a single most important criteria that distinguishes a human as a social animal compared to others. The collective and individual efforts towards a work makes one understand the minute and the big picture at the same time. All work is not easy. It is also possible that some workaholics […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 3 : Emphasize on Quality of Practice - I read “ Debunking the 10,000 hours rule “ after my previous lesson learned. My previous lesson learned said about not working hard. The working hard part is broken into small steps taken one at a time to overcome the hardness of the work. This works for people who are ready to be steady and […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 4 : Don’t tap your foot out loud. Focus on what you play. - In violin class I have been taught to keep the rhythm of the song by tapping with the foot. The human metronome works parallel to the song being played. Often we have to shift attention from the song and listen to see if the rhythm and beat is correct per bar. This shift in attention […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 5 : Practice till perfection - Practice, practice, practice. Quantity and Quality all matters. Playing any musical instrument is all about practice. It is all the more true for the violin. As a student I have to practice. I know I can. I know I will. But how much ? Till my hands ache ? Till I feel it is enough […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 6: Health conscious practicing - If there is one thing in life,that is more dearer than the life itself, it is health. Life without good health is a misery. And life is maintained through good health. Longevity of life, if one wishes it, is not very pleasant without an accompanying good health. A good marriage between health and life makes […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 7: Start slowly grasp quickly - The v.v. age old saying goes an umpteenth time to say ” Slow and Steady wins the race” . This is because it is true. But the beauty of the truth lies in experiencing it in action. As with violin or any musical instrument, the beginning is really very slow. It is expected to be […]