Before Success, Aim for Bread Slicing Confidence

And I mean the real success, not just breadcrumbs of it.

Adelina Vasile
4 min readNov 11, 2021
Photo by Victoria Shes on Unsplash

Can you slice bread without giving it a thought?

Some people will slice their fingers off in the process. But to most of us, bread slicing is such a natural process. Now let me ask you a question.

Do you think it’s so easy for you to cut into that bread because you’re incredibly talented at holding a knife?

Or is it because you’ve once cut into one of your fingers, paid really close attention to how not to do it again, and then repeated the process a thousand times?

Success and confidence come from knowing what you’re doing because you’ve done it all too many times before, and made sure to do it right from the start.

Success in life comes from smart preparations and assiduous repetition.

First prepare, then practice, then repeat

Repeat an action the wrong way and you’ll learn how to do it wrong.

Gladwell’s rule that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness”? Perhaps he should have emphasized a bit more that it’s not just about how much you practice, but also about how you practice.



Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself.