TL;DR: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for deliberate practice?
Longer version: I've read a number of books/articles on deliberate practice and its role in acquiring expertise. The texts make a compelling case for the argument that a minimum of 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is required to develop expertise in a particular field. The implication of the research is undoubtedly optimistic (as it largely dispels the notion of being born talented - with certain semi-exceptions, notably, athletes). However, I struggle when it comes to translating the research into practical takeaways for myself.
As someone who'd like to apply the concept of deliberate practice to his profession/hobbies, it would be useful to have a rigorous/comprehensive definition of deliberate practice that I could effectively use as a check-list. But in the material I've read, it seems that "deliberate practice" is effectively defined as (and I'm paraphrasing): "the type of practice of which 10,000 hours are needed in order to develop expertise".
So, to put it differently (from the TL;DR above):
How do I know if I'm practicing effectively? (Aside from practicing a certain way for 10,000 hours and seeing if I become an expert)
- It's probably evident from my post that I'm not a professional researcher / academic. My exposure to the topic is largely from pop science books that cater to the mass-market (i.e., I'm trusting the authors re: the quality of underlying research).
- Also, the answer to my question may well be addressed in formal research papers found on PUBMED/etc., but I unfortunately don't have access to that.