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The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster

Deconstruct the skill

...into its basic, fundamental components, to find the most important things to practice first. This shows that very few things actually make a difference in any aspect of our lives, including learning.

Use the Pareto Principle: which describes a goal of generating 80 percent of results by putting in 20 percent of the effort.

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The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster

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Key Ideas

"One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly."

"One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly."

Don't reinvent the wheel

Mimic and get help from someone who’s already learned it to get tips and save time.

In order to achieve mastery faster, our first step should be to consult the top players in the field and model the path they have already carved out for us.

Stop multitasking

Many of us aren’t able to dedicate the time it takes to learn a skill because of the countless new projects that come our way.

Once you have deconstructed the subset skills that will give you the maximum amount of results, focus solely on improving those skills and avoid learning anything else until you’ve mastered them.

Repeat, repeat, repeat

Expert-level performance is primarily the result of expert-level practice, not due to innate talent.

Learning requires frequency and persistence in performing the same skill over and over again, until you can do it subconsciously, without having to think about it.

Seek immediate feedback

The most effective learners actively seek feedback to enhance their performance. 

Feedback is necessary for a learner to confirm that s/he is on the right track. 

Go Long

Although it’s important to know when to quit, many potential winners don’t reach success because they quit before the dip. 

There’s a sense of euphoria we all experience when we begin something new.  Once the honeymoon phase fades away, we experience the “dip” and our progress begins to plateau or diminish. This is when most of us quit.

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Know your outcome

Figure out your “why.” Consider these questions.

  • What opportunities will become available by learning that new thing?
  • What would you do if you could use your desired skill right now?
  • Will you have a deeper relationship with your family/friends? Grow your business? 
Model the best

No matter what you want to learn or accomplish, there’s someone in the world that has already achieved what you want.

You have access nowadays to endless resources in the form of biographies, books, videos, online classes and so on. You just have to search.

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“You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.”

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Speed and transfer

Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
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Failing to Reach an Ideal

There are two problems you can encounter when you're trying to learn something.

  1. You have a clear understanding of what you'd like to do and how you're going to do it, but you're unable to implement the approach you've chosen. Slow things down so you can pay more attention to every aspect of the problem.
  2. Speed learning is effective when you're not sure what the ideal should be and need more information to work it out. A good example of speed leading to move closer to quality is in entrepreneurial fields. Many fail because they picked the wrong problem to solve and wasted too much time trying to solve it.
Going faster vs doing it right

The balance between going faster and doing it right depends on what you're trying to achieve.

  • Faster feedback means more information to find out your key challenges and possible solutions.
  • Slower helps you focus on a strategy you've chosen, allowing you to execute it correctly.