I often struggle with writing. I type, I edit, I edit, I type, I edit. I read and reread posts and have as many drafts unpublished as I do published posts. This is my first step to break that routine. It is the first step in my deliberate practice routine. Deliberate practice is a phrase coined by Anders Ericsson from his research into expert performance. Ericsson determined that expert performance was less about ability and talent and more about the dedication to a strict and specific practice routine. His work has been made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his bestselling book Outliers where Gladwell highlighted the 10,000 hour rule as a key to mastery. Practice for 10,000 hours and you will be an expert. Ericsson disagreed with this interpretation. It isn’t about the volume of practice but the quality of practice. Feedback is key and this is where you kind folk come into play. My deliberate practice routine is called Read, Think, Write. Twenty minutes of reading, twenty minutes of thinking and twenty minutes of writing. The practice routine will take place five times a week and I will post once a week. My rationale for this routine? To develop as a thinker by standing on the shoulders of giants. The source of my inspiration for this week is the amazing book, Ten Types of Innovation by Larry Keeley, Brian Quinn, Ryan Pikkel and Helen Waters.