Skill Recycling — The Real Reason Why Learning More Skills Greatly Benefits You

The long-lost benefit of learning a variety of skills

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Illustration by the author. Photo of Basketball star Kobe Bryant: Wikimedia Commons

Motor Skills

How to apply Skill Recycling to motor skills

Motor skills have the highest R-factor of all skill types. For the most part, the sub-skills are applicable to other skills, as demonstrated by Erik, Baowei, and even Kobe Bryant.

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Sub-skills and motions/movements. Mind map created using Mind Meister.
  • Leg pushing
  • Leg extension
  • Leg strength
  • Strength control
  • Body balance
  • Foot precision
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Venn diagram by the author. Created using Canva.

Pitfalls of applying Skill Recycling to motor skills

The problem with motor skills is that the movements/motions you learn become so ingrained in your body that they can make it very hard to do a counter-movement.

Cognitive Skills

How to apply Skill Recycling to cognitive skills

The above example is a perfect example of two cognitive skills helping each other when combined. Let’s analyze some sub-skills from both skills:

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Sub-skills and cognitive components. Mind map created using Mind Meister.
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Sub-skills and cognitive components. Mind map created using Mind Meister.
  1. Learning physics or chemistry is much easier once you’re good at math.

Pitfalls of applying Skill Recycling to cognitive skills

The reasoning from one cognitive skill to another might be quite different. The more cognitive skills you learn, the more unintended biases you build. This often leads to closed-mindedness: you think you know all the answers and you have a harder time seeing other points of view.

Why is Skill Recycling so important?

We wrapped up our mastermind call after an hour-long discussion talking about what skills would be most important in 2021 and how best to learn them. Skill Recycling, it turns out, just might be a very important skill to learn in 2021.

Conclusion

Don’t be close-minded and push a skill off because you think it’s unrelated to what you’re trying to learn. Kobe Bryant learned to tap-dance to help him with his Basketball career. That was a perfect example of using Skill Recycling.

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