Learn Anything in 20 Hours and Four Steps

Learn Anything in 20 Hours and Four Steps


But with just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice, you can go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing pretty well. Here’s how:

Step 1

Deconstruct the skill. The more you can break down a skill into parts, the more you can find the most important bits to practice first.

Step 2

Self-correct. Use reference materials to learn just enough that you know when you’re making a mistake and can correct yourself.

Step 3

Remove barriers to learning. Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn. Don’t procrastinate on Wikipedia.

Step 4

Practice for 20 hours. This equals about 40 minutes a day for a month. “I don’t have time” just got blown out the water.

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Tracy Lee Nicol
Tracy-Lee Nicol is an experienced business writer and magazine editor. She was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Rhodes university in 2010, and in the time since has honed her business acumen and writing skills profiling some of South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, franchisees and franchisors.Find her on Google+.