We Ignore Risks of the Familiar

The more you do something, the less risky it seems. 

This can have adverse impacts, such as the professional skydiver who crashes to their death. Research shows they likely cut corners and didn’t pack their chute correctly.  

This is also why car accidents commonly happen within 5km of the driver’s home (on the roads they know best).

As deadly as this human tendency can be, it has also gifted us with the benefit of practice. 

Practice nums us to the potential of failure; it asserts confidence in the practitioner that they can surmount challenges as they arise.  

Parents tell their children that “practice makes perfect,” but this isn’t exactly the case. Practice helps us ignore the risks, which makes us more inclined to persevere and perform beyond our expectations.

Practice makes perseverance, but can also make pride. Make sure you are more of the former, and less of the skydiver who rushes the packing of his parachute.