Practice Makes Perfect

From: Chan Dorothy (
Date: Tue May 21 1996 - 13:38:31 BST

Discuss "practice makes perfect" in relation to creativity

People are born to be the same. Obviously, there are different
capacities that some of us possess but the others, and these help to
shape us into different eventual patterns of abilities. Evidence
(Ericsson 1993) had been found which indicated that training and
practice can have their effects on people who initially thought to
be "non-gifted" individuals. Although, there are also evidence
suggested that some children may be biologically predisposed to
certain expertise however, these may be the consequences of some
external factors, i.e. due to the fact that some parents or teachers
may "assume" that a particular child may possess some innate
abilities in certain field, then he or she will be more likely to
have more opportunities in that particular field and this may
actually promote the special capacity that that child may have. One
may argue that practice may be able to help in technical expertise
but it will not settle the differences in creative kinds of
performance. However, this does not necessarily mean "innate" or
"gifted" abilities, but they are just different perception in
expressivity of any kind. It is right to say some individuals are
more likely to have a better success in practicing certain expertise
but different people have different attitudes towards practicing,
self-motivated or appreciation is also needed to be taken into
account when defining whether a child is possessed with in-born
talented abilities.

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