Sprints:  A Tool for Deliberate Practice

In Angela Duckworth's New York Times' bestseller, Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance, she states, "If doing something repeatedly might be considered practice, deliberate practice is a different animal:  it’s goal directed, often solitary, and consists of repeated striving to reach beyond your current level of performance."

On page 123 of the book, she addresses the question:  How can you get the most out of deliberate practice?  I think that her requirements connect well to the Sprint routine.


Each of the basic requirements of deliberate practice is unremarkable.

  • a clearly defined stretch goal

  • full concentration and effort

  •  immediate and informative feedback

  • repetition with reflection and refinement