The Science Of Deliberate Practice As Told By Hardbound

A New Way To Learn

My interest has been aroused lately by a new form of media designed for the phone — Hardbound. Each week, Hardbound creates a new illustrated story that teaches you something fascinating about the world. Hardbound explains useful ideas relating to such topics as science, venture capital, history and business.

The most recent story I read/viewed was The Science of Practice: How to Rewire Your Brain for Performance by Jason Shen. The story details how Anders Ericsson spent over 20 years studying world-class performers. The results were a set of scientifically-backed principles that can “help anyone get radically better at anything they want to.” You might be familiar with the 10,000 hours rule made famous by Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. What Gladwell neglected to identify is that success is not solely predicated on the quantity of hours, but rather the quality of hours spent in deliberate practice.

Deliberate practice is the root of all skill and has four components. Below are abbreviated highlights about the four components through the new book experience that is Hardbound:

No matter the topic, the content is playful and lighthearted. It shows a sense of humor while also connecting with us, the audience.

1. Goals

2. Focus

3. Feedback

4. Discomfort

Hardbound provides great illustrations and intermittently breaks up the story with neat facts that relate to the content.


Deliberate practice empowers us to physically adapt our bodies and minds and somehow I believe Hardbound, in a way, is doing the same thing.

If you’re interested in visual stories that you can enjoy on your commute or downtime, then I couldn’t recommend Hardbound more. It’s quite similar to podcasts however this is way more interactive. You can find more information on the app at Product Hunt.