A close friend and colleague(Greg) recently wrote about learning, and how most of us think that the act of consuming content makes us better each day(full post here - def check it out, it's great).
TLDR; it doesn't.
I've been a gamer all my life. And have competed in all kinds of tournaments. And one thing's clear, we don't get good from just playing. We get good from all the time spent watching our replays, analysing our games, getting coached. And the best competitors just do it more diligently than everyone else who simply plays mindlessly.
I've never been that good at chess, but I grew up around some really strong national players in Singapore during secondary school. So I got really excited when I discovered a cool feature on chess.com recently(few days ago). There is a sophisticated system that provides a detailed post-game analysis on every move - with an ELO/ranking that exceeds grandmasters. It tells you which of your or your opponent's moves are 'best', 'okay' or plain 'bad'. By analysing every game, and every opening, and committing to not repeating the same mistake in the same situation the next time it occurs, the improvements happened really quickly. It's like the perfect coach that never tires, never falters and gives world-class advice every single time.
Now how do I do this for everything else in life?