One of the clearest messages that the research on deliberate practice offers is that the sooner you start deliberate practice in whatever area you choose, the easier your path will be and the farther along it you are likely to go. But kids aren’t likely to do it without some sort of guidance and direction, and so far, at least, we can’t generally rely on schools to train children in truly effective ways. That means it’s up to the parents if they want their kids to get a good start on becoming truly accomplished at something, whether it’s academics or athletics or music or something else.

Your best bet is to find a truly good teacher or coach who understands the importance of deliberate practice. But if no one is available or you don’t want to pay what it costs, you’ll want some resources to help you out. Here are a few to look into, arranged into categories (click on the link):

K-12 Education

Sports