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The term preparation It has its etymological background in praeparatio, a Latin word. The concept is used to name the process and at result from prepare (to elaborate a thing, to have something to fulfill an end).

For example: “The preparation of this cake is very simple, you just have to beat three ingredients and bake for forty minutes”, “When finished with the preparation of the materials, we will begin to lift the wall of the new room”, "Hurry up with dinner preparation that guests are about to come".

Prepare, in this sense, is equivalent to produce, manufacture or develop something . Yes one person He says that he will be dedicated to the preparation of sandwiches that will be eaten at a party, will be indicating that he will be responsible for the creation of such food.

Preparation can also be knowledge or training of an individual regarding an issue: "We need someone with good marketing preparation to fill this position.", “A government cannot be formed with people without preparation”, "I think I don't have enough preparation to solve a mathematical problem of this magnitude".

The preparation is often confused with the titration , although this last concept simply indicates that the subject has passed a course, either tertiary or university, and has received a document that accredits their studies. Preparation is much more than going through an institution, as it reflects the degree of commitment and understanding that the person has and has had with the subject, their skills, their technical knowledge and their ability to take advantage of their strengths to perform in a particular field.

For different reasons, it is normal that having a tertiary or university degree does not guarantee in any way to have the necessary skills or knowledge that are taught in the institution that grants it. With certain exceptions, the range of performance of the graduates of the educational centers is very broad: from a student who did not try and simply aimed to pass with the minimum acceptable grade to the one who sacrificed sleeping hours and weekends in order to reach the highest level possible, all they can become doctor, engineer or graduate, for example.

In another context, the preparation can be a training , a practice or a commissioning process to arrive in optimal conditions to an event: "In a Eurocopa preparation match, Belgium defeated Iceland by three to one", "The Portuguese boxer lost the title because he did not come to combat with the proper preparation", “I did a three-month preparation before participating in this marathon”.

Like all training, preparation for the practice of a sport or for the performance of a musical instrument, for example, requires a series of specific and technical knowledge that allow to maintain a coherent line between the different exercises and routines. Besides, the theory it results in planning, that is, thanks to knowing what to do and how to achieve it, it is possible to draw up a solid and effective action plan.

When there is not enough preparation, be it the knowledge base or the training at the physical level, only the most gifted people can obtain satisfactory results. However the talent Gross is not enough and usually becomes opaque when it is not polished: a singer with impressive natural abilities but without technique is more likely to lose his voice than a mediocre one with academic knowledge. It is worth mentioning that some fear that preparation interferes with inspiration, obstructs creative freedom and prevents them from reaching their full potential.

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