How I Obsessively Learned 90 Skills in Only 3 Years

My 3-steps approach can help you learn more effectively

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How to set your expectations right

How to find and choose sub-skills

Skill tree for the skill of riding a bicycle
Skill tree for the skill of riding a bicycle
Skill tree built using Mind Meister. Click to enlarge.
Skill tree of “riding a bicycle”
Skill tree of “riding a bicycle”
Mind map created using Mind Meister. Click to enlarge.

How to define a concrete goal you’ll follow through

Specific:   [play “Over the Rainbow” at regular speed]
Measurable: [speed]
Attainable: A single song with a few simple chords
Relevant: [so I can play it for my son]
Time-bound: [by the end of the month]
Specific:   [sustain a 10-minute business conversation in Spanish]
[do SCRUM meetings]
Measurable: [minutes]
Attainable: SCRUM is structured and limits the vocabulary needed.
Relevant: [so I can do SCRUM meetings]
Time-bound: [by the end of the month]
Specific:   [run a Facebook traffic ad with a cost per click of under $1]
Measurable: [cost per click]
Attainable: A FB ads expert told me $1 is very good and doable.
Relevant: [so that I can run effective ads for my businesses]
Time-bound: [by the end of the month]

Steps to learn skills in 20 hours or less

Diagram of the 3P Cycles, explained below.
Diagram of the 3P Cycles, explained below.
Steps to learn skills in 20 hours or less. Mind map created using Mind Meister. Click to enlarge.

1. Prepare

2. Practice

3. Ponder

The first cycle

Goal: Start grasping the complexity of a skill
Duration: 5 hours
Main activity: Prepare

The second cycle

Diagram of an alternative for the second cycle, explained below.
Diagram of an alternative for the second cycle, explained below.
Second alternative for the second cycle
Goal: Redefine the skill you want to learn
Duration: 5 hours
Main activity: Prepare
Diagram of the second cycle, explained below.
Diagram of the second cycle, explained below.
Goal: Choose sub-skills and practice them
Duration: 10 hours
Main activity: Practice

The third cycle

Diagram of an alternative to the third cycle, explained below
Diagram of an alternative to the third cycle, explained below
Goal: Practice more
Duration: 5 hours
Main activity: Practice
Diagram of the third cycle, explained below.
Diagram of the third cycle, explained below.
Goal: Practice a bit more and then reflect on your journey
Duration: 5 hours
Main activity: Ponder

Conclusion

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