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"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.' - King Solomon (Proverbs 22:29)

A skill is an "ability, proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience and which provides the physical capacity for effective performance."[1] In order to be considered skillful in a work setting, you must be able to do work in a timely manner.

Skill can only be determined by physical demonstration: for a child to know the letters of the alphabet in their proper order is an example of knowledge, while being able to speak them out loud in an intelligible fashion or write them legibly is an example of a skill.[2]

Dreyfus model of skill acquisition

Deliberate practice

See also: Deliberate practice

Defined by the psychologist Anders Ericsson and his colleagues, deliberate practice is “the individualized training activities specially designed by a coach or teacher to improve specific aspects of an individual's performance through repetition and successive refinement” (Ericsson & Lehmann, 1996, pp. 278–279)."[3]

Sentio University notes: "Deliberate Practice focuses on a student’s individual skill threshold, emphasizes interactive rehearsal for skill acquisition, aims for higher levels of sustained effort, and uses homework to advance clinical ability. Empirical research suggests that Deliberate Practice can significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of psychotherapy education and training (e.g., Goodyear & Rousmaniere, 2017; Rousmaniere, 2016; 2019)."[4]

How talent is developed

See also: Growth mindset and Grit (personality trait) and Work ethic and Neuroplasticity


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  1. Johansson, Per "The INNOMET taxonomy of competences and skills". Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  2. Skill - Definition. KM-Experts (2005). Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  3. What is Deliberate Practice?, Sentio University
  4. What is Deliberate Practice?, Sentio University