Bite-size practice of core skills is something we do all our lives. We may master a foundation skill, then return to re-learn it when our work evolves to a different place.
Core skills never change, but our application of them may shift as our skill level progresses. We commit to improving those core skills by intentional practice.
The good news is that it’s fully possible to improve our abilities in rapid strides. The bad news, though, is that mastery – in design or any other skill – is linked to deliberate practice. No one (yet) has come up with a method to instantly transform someone into a great designer. Mastery is a structure built brick by brick.
Fortunately, we are not talking about practicing and mastering a long list of core skills – five or six are usually sufficient.
Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at estimating answers to math problems. While you might get within close proximity, you'll seldom get to the exact answer.)
Learning to do something with precision will require a different technique and can take much longer to master.
The Helsinki Bus Station Theory broadly means that our creativity, life and career paths may seem the same as we begin, but our uniqueness and real creative work starts as we branch out eventually, discovering our niche, and being masters of our work in a unique way.
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