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The Practicing Mind

Thomas M. Sterner

5 mins

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The Practicing Mind shows you how to cultivate patience, focus, and discipline to walk towards your biggest goals by going back to the basic principles of practice to embrace a child-like trial-and-error attitude and make working hard towards mastery a fulfilling process in itself.


The Practicing Mind

The Practicing Mind

by Thomas M. Sterner


Malcolm Gladwell has written that all you need to achieve mastery at any skill is to practice it for 10,000 hours. But how do we develop the discipline and focus to keep doing the same thing over and over in hopes of getting better?

Tom Sterner has practiced a variety of things, having been a concert piano technician for legends like Ray Charles and Fleetwood Mac, as well as a pilot, archer, and golfer. Over time, Sterner developed an approach called Present Moment Functioning (PMF) in order to help individuals achieve a state of high performance.

In this book, Sterner shares his approach to focused practice, teaching you how you can stay focused on the present and keep yourself grounded when you feel your mind straying.

Favorite quote

The problem with patience and discipline is that it requires both of them to develop each of them.

- Thomas M. Sterner

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