Advice Gets Good When It Gets Specific

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While generic advice may still be helpful, David Cain finds that advice is valuable when it’s specific. When he was young, his teachers gave him advice on how to improve his penmanship — “pay attention to what you’re doing,” “practice,” and “don’t get frustrated” — but to no avail. He only improved after his father gave him more specific advice: “Try to make the bottom of each letter touch the blue line”; it gave him a concrete starting point that made it easier to start improving. Read full article here

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