Technique Thursday – learning stuff and things

Here are some top tips… try applying them to a new skill e.g. Double-unders, wiping your bum, whatever it is

  1. Set a specific goal
  2. Set a deadline
  3. Accept that talent is a myth; the more you learn new skills the faster you become at learning new skills
  4. BELIEVE you can learn it
  5. Aim for good enough; the 10,000 hour rule applies to becoming world class at something, for now good enough is good enough
  6. Deconstruct the skill; what are the component parts you need, how many do you already have
  7. Don’t reinvent the wheel; someone has probably already done all the work for you,  follow the learning process that’s already working for others
  8. PRACTICE; it might be boring and unexciting…too bad
  9. Set aside time each day; whether that’s 5mins or 15mins, remember Chinese water torture (a regular drip can wreck havoc)
  10. Get feedback; the last thing you want to happen is to start practicing the wrong thing, get someone to check you’re not going off track
  11. Don’t get discouraged; find joy in the process, this is not social media…there is no instant gratification
  12. Be held accountable; there has to be something at stake, set yourself a challenge. The higher the stakes, the more likely it is that you’ll persevere until you learn the skill!

Finally, give a new skill a minimum of eight weeks. In a book called The Little Book of Talent one of the last tips that Coyle offers is to give the skill that you’re trying to learn a minimum of eight weeks. Coyle explains that eight weeks is the length of many top training programs around the world, including the Navy SEALs physical conditioning program. By comitting yourself to practicing a skill for at least eight weeks before giving up you’ll be recognizing that learning a new skill takes time. In addition, although you won’t be proficient at the skill in eight weeks, you’ll probably be good enough to feel motivated to keep going.

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