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17 Steps To Acquiring A New Skill Faster Than You Thought Possible

17 Steps To Acquiring A New Skill Faster Than You Thought Possible | Agile Learning |

Excited about learning a new skill?  17 strategies including approaches from a noted, rapid learning expert.

Excerpted, a curated, top level list 7 of the 17 strategies listed:

1. Deconstruct & Reverse Engineer

Break it down into little pieces and master an isolated portion. Ex: learning guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

2. Pareto Principle

20% work that will give you 80% of the results. Learning a language?  Do a quick search for “most commonly used French words” & learn these first.

5. Join a Group

You’ll learn from others [and] make progress together. 

8. F.O.C.U.S.

Follow one course until success! Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

10. Find a Mentor

Success leaves clues. …find an expert …to avoid…making the mistakes that they have made….the expert will fast-track your learning …have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

11. Sleep On It

Practice your new skill within 4 hours of going to sleep. Josh Kaufman is a noted rapid learning expert and tells us that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics needed are ingrained at a quicker level.

12. The 20 Hour Rule

Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magical number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill. His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.


15. Ditch the Distractions  Ditch social media, and the temptation to check any email.   Before you ...practice, make sure whatever potential distractions are far from sight.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a robust list with strategies that resonate.  Consider using learning strategies that you've used in the past successfully, adding perhaps 1-2 others to ramp up your learning speed & agility.   ~  D

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12 Paradoxical Reasons Why Creative Limitations Are Not Limiting

12 Paradoxical Reasons Why Creative Limitations Are Not Limiting | Agile Learning |

Does the ideal creative situation feature options that are wide open with no limitations. Nope!

In actuality, this scenario would stifle most creative people. Here’s why…

1. Too many options cause paralysis

Limits tell us where to start, when to stop, and perhaps most importantly, what to ignore. 

2. A roadmap provides the clues that lead to solutions

Defined parameters act as guideposts that help channel creativity in a focused way...

3. Give a creative person a box and they will find a way out of it    ... it is simply amazing how often it transforms into a pleasurable, stimulating adventure in otherwise unchartered waters. 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Good fences are not really just about "good neighbors" but really about playing to the edge using ALL of the space for whatever game could be imagined, and then some.  ~  D

Christi Krug's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:10 PM

You need a box, in order to get yourself out of it.