Watch the video if you want to learn how to go from not knowing anything at all about a skill to being rather good at it in 20 hours. Josh Kaufman explains the findings of his 2 year research on the subject of learning a new skill….

 

Key points :

1) Contrary to popular belief, it does not take 10000 hours to learn and be good at a new skill, it takes round about 20 hours. This works out to 40 minutes everyday, for a month. This figure will  vary from person to person, but it is around this order of magnitude!

2) There is a system to learn effectively :

  • Step 1 : Be CLEAR about what you want to achieve at the end of it. When you imagine that you have learnt the skill, what does it look like? what needs to happen before you can say you have mastered the skill? what can you now do?
  • Step 2 : Break the objective down into smaller sub skills. He gives an example of learning how to play golf. It takes different skills to drive and to putt. Recognize the differences, practice them in sub sets, and pick the subskill that is most impactful for results and start with that first.
  • Step 3: Find resources to help you. Books, CDs, a coach, mentors….. Do your research. Pick 3-5 resources and identify the patterns that are similar to identify what is important. Then self correct!
  • Step 4: Removing barriers to practice. Remember set yourself up to win. If this skill is really that important, it deserves your focus and time. Honour your practice time.
  • Step 5 : Precommit to giving the 20 hours of focused practise time. This helps you evaluate if this skill is really important to you. This also helps you get over the barrier of frustration in skill acquisition.

3) This is not rocket science, it is something that we have been doing in all kinds of skill acquisition, not many of us have done it in such a deliberate strategic way.