Deliberate practice, not inherited talent, determines success.
So says Swedish psychologist K Anders Ericsson. Almost every success story boils down to the same thing: practice, practice, and then—practice some more. Talent may be a good starting point, but alone, talent won’t get you to the top.
Michael Jordan’s Secret to Success
Take Michael Jordan, winner of six NBA championships, as an example. This elite athlete endured a grueling training regimen and practiced constantly, making sure he was the best he could be. His admittedly incredible natural talent was not enough. Jordan worked—hard—for his success, and he worked by practicing.
Like Elite Athletes, Doctors and Pilots Put in the Hours
It’s not just athletes that put in hours of deliberate practice, either. Professionals with “high-risk” jobs put in just as much, if not more practice than athletes. Pilots spend months in flight simulators. They learn how to react in specific situations, and how to handle the controls expertly until it becomes second nature. Doctors go through med school simulations learning everything from how to tie a suture to how to perform an endoscopy.
Both pilots and doctors are elite professionals that must learn and practice skills in simulated situations before they “go live.” And, they must continue to perform deliberate practice throughout their careers to keep their skills sharply honed. Such professions leave no room for error—there are lives at stake. Practicing in a simulated environment allows learners to engage in activities that would otherwise be too dangerous or risky.
Electrical Workers Are Part of an Elite Group, too
Electricians and factory maintenance personnel also work in high-risk jobs. They too are part of an elite group that operates in dangerous environments, involving complex machines and live current. One mistake could mean the loss of life or limb (or at the very least, costly production line downtime).
Because the job can be so dangerous, maintenance workers need practice just as much as doctors or pilots. Errors are not an option. Like elite athletes, people who maintain production lines need to practice to stay at the top of their game.
Practicing with Simutech
Simutech Multimedia’s Troubleshooting Skills Training System™ offers electrical and maintenance staff a way to do that.
Simutech’s modular software provides simulation-based electrical troubleshooting skills training. Trainees receive hands-on practice troubleshooting in realistic simulations of different electrical faults. Simutech software lets trainees learn, make mistakes, receive feedback, and practice their new troubleshooting skills in a safe environment, before testing them on the job.
Simutech’s Course Manager application lets managers tracks trainees’ progress. It highlights areas where individual employees may need more instruction, and ensuring each trainee receives optimal feedback.
At Simutech, we recognize that practice—deliberate practice—is necessary for success. And we recognize that the best kind of practice is learning hands-on. Working as an electrical professional is a high-risk, dangerous job, one that requires practice in order to be safe and successful.
But don’t just take our word for it. Take the word of Jeremy Bujak, a Red Seal journeyman electrician with three and a half years of maintenance experience, who was looking for a job.
After several interviews, Jeremy decided that he “hadn’t done enough” to land a job. “You can only blame any employer for so much,” writes Jeremy in his blog, “as they are all most likely the same. In this world, the burden of education and training falls on the employees’ shoulders.”
So Jeremy took matters into his own hands. He began looking to expand his experience and upgrade his skills to give himself an edge in the job market. He discovered Simutech online, and liked the idea that he could learn on his own time, from his own home, at an affordable rate.
Jeremy started with Simutech’s electrical troubleshooting module. He then went through motor controls troubleshooting, and troubleshooting control circuits modules, which left him “yearning for more.” One of the best things to come of his experience, Jeremy writes, is that “on my next interview, I will be a lot more confident about my troubleshooting abilities.”
In fact, Jeremy says, “I have no reservations about recommending this software to anyone faced with the issue of changing the scope of their work.”
Simutech enabled Jeremy to get hands-on experience solving electrical faults, boosting his skills and confidence. It gave him a safe opportunity for “deliberate practice”—the same practice that every doctor, pilot, and athlete must perform to succeed at their job.
(Read Jeremy’s full blog post here.)