Chinese Sayings and Idioms: Practice makes perfect! 熟能生巧

熟能生巧 Shu neng Sheng Qiao

Practice Makes Perfect!

One Day, one of the most talented archers in the realm was walking through a small village. Even in this far off village,tales of his prowess of Archery were well known. Upon entering the village he was beseeched by the villagers to show them his god like shills. The Archer, who was accustomed to such requests happily obliged, and fired numerous consecutive arrows perfectly into the far off target. Every one in the villagers was impressed. Everyone save for one old man. The Archer,since the old man was not moved by his skills, approached the old man as to inquire why.  The Old man simply looked at the archer, and took a coin from his pocket. The coins of this era all had a small hole in the middle. The Old man, holding the coin between two fingers, then took a ladle of oil and poured it perfectly through the hole in the centre of the coin without ever spilling oil on the coin itself, or his fingers. The Archer, upon seeing this, was truly impressed, and asked the old man as to the source of this mastery of precision. The Old man simply looked at the archer and said, Practice makes perfect.

Lit. translation: doing something often creates the skills needed to do it

Habit/ Knowing/Can/Produce/Skills/Technique

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