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Walking: You’re almost certainly doing it wrong. Seriously.

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Self-taught practitioners tend to make common mistakes. Just correcting a few basic problems, with the help of a coach or other instruction, can drastically improve performance. Such improvements will not take you to the top levels—for that you need talent and a lot of time, thought, and work—but it will get to the 80th percentile: a C+, or maybe a B- if you’re good.
Self-taught swimmers tend to try to keep their head out of water; self-taught right-handed golf players tend to bend their left arm in the swing; self-taught decision-makers (i.e., most of us) tend to fall into ten basic traps, easily corrected (see “Decision Traps,” by Russo and Schoemaker); self-taught listeners tend lack a listening strategy, method, and discipline (there was a course on listening put out by Xerox years ago); self-taught fighters tend to draw back their fist before delivering a blow and not put their body behind the blow, driving it just from their shoulder; and even self-taught walkers tend to have common faults easily corrected. I imagine you can think of other examples. Common errors are, after all, common.
Now that I think about it, I taught myself how to tie my shoes (at a young age), but I fell into a common error: I made a granny knot instead of a square knot. It was only in college that I suddenly figured out (or was told) how to tie my shoes correctly. (I wondered why they were constantly coming undone.)


It was pretty easy to learn: I just tied the knot in the way that felt wrong.

I suppose this is a plea to respect and heed expertise. It will get you quickly past the common errors.

Written by LeisureGuy

18 March 2018 at 8:57 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

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