Practice Every Day

Even if it’s only for 5 minutes.

I’ve studied classical piano for the better part of the last two decades. For the amount of time spent at my instrument — as well as my natural talent — I should master the piano much more than I do.

Why?

Because I didn’t practice daily. I was actually very inconsistent in my piano practice, which meant that I learned the different pieces much more slowly, was slower to reminder musical technicalities, and generally leaned on my natural talent to get me through my exams over the years. I was good like that.

I’ll always remember, however, my teacher one day looking at me very seriously, and saying, “Rebecca, even if you have 100% talent, if you’re only practicing 20% of the time, that’s as far as you’ll ever go.” I shrugged at the time, feeling very uninvested in my musical career at the ripe old age of 17.

I progressed even without daily practice, but I was definitely working hard rather than working smart.

Had I put in just a few minutes of dedicated practice into my instrument from the first day I began studying it, I would be at the same level as any of the most talented professional pianists out there by now.

But I didn’t.

Instead, I didn’t take it seriously, didn’t buy into the belief that even a few minutes every day would make a huge difference in my musical mastery.

And so, though I’m not starting from scratch — at all — I’m starting at a level of musical proficiency far beneath the number of years I’ve played the piano.

But daily practice will prove its efficacy in a very short amount of time — the day I have my own piano once again.

Just test it out for yourself. Dedicate 5 minutes every day to learning a little bit more about whatever creative endeavor you’re interested in. Photography, painting, drawing, writing, singing, music, etc.

Just 5 minutes out of your day.

Less time than it takes to order a coffee.