How many hours does it take to learn a new skill? Conventional wisdom (and Malcolm Gladwell) would have you believe that it takes a long time to get good at an area. Something like 10,000 hours?
About a year ago, I walked into a workshop about “fast skill acquisition” at WDS. As I entered the room, I was given a handout. The first thing printed at the top of the page read:
“Rule #1: ignore the 10,000 hour rule.”
As soon as I read that, I knew I was in the right place.
This is how I first met Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA and most recently, The First 20 Hours. Josh believes that it’s possible to acquire a skill in only 20 hours, and he has a methodology for doing so that is based on the scientific research as well as his own experimentation.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to speak with Josh about his technique for adopting new skills and how it can be applied by multipotentialites. This is a really important subject for us, and I think you’ll enjoy this interview.
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In this interview, Josh and I discuss:
- The problem with the 10,000 hour rule and why it should be ignored by multipotentialites.
- How Josh handled the birth of his first child and the subsequent vanishing of ALL of his free time.
- The 4 step process for acquiring a new skill in 20 hours.
- How to overcome the multipotentialite fear of commitment.
- What do you do if you have 20 different skills that you want to acquire at the same time.
- How disregarding competition can be liberating and helpful.
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In your experience, how long does it takes to acquire a new skill? Do you have any tips for learning quickly?