Friday, August 7, 2020

Re: Frustrated

I tried to send this from my phone.  I incorrectly copied his comments and copied his same comment 3 times.  I'll fix that below.

On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:48 PM <> wrote:

I am really really frustrated

I think I'm studying and learning more and it's like I play worse and worse.

I think that I have been expecitng hard work to pay off too fast.

It is a common complaint.  I don't seem to have this problem.  I have a friend who thinks that studying tactics makes him worse. My attitude is that I try to master the easy stuff trying to make that as automatic as possible. Someone once said that to be "extraordinary" you have to do "extra ordinary" stuff.  It is like the pro who practices layups hundreds of times. The 1, 2, 3 move problems on my website I have done at least 200 times over the last 25 years.  Same for the slightly more advanced 1000 problems on the Shredder App.  I have rehearsed basic endings just so that I can do them without much thought.


I guess that what I put in will keep building on on what I got.


Slow and steady wins the race.

You have a plan that you follow consistently, not that this is always possible since human existence is difficult, but I really focus on mastering the "fundamentals".

Best wishes,

John Coffey

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