How to Become The Best In The World At Your Skills, According to Science

Elle Kaplan
Mar 13, 2017 · 5 min read
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Fail. A lot.

“Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way,” said J.K. Rowling.

In J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement speech, she attributes deliberate practice to much of her success. From her choice of a Classics Degree to constantly pushing the envelope in her Harry Potter Books, “the fringe benefits of failure” are what took her to where she is today.

One slice at a time.

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment” — Stephen Covey (Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

Don’t try to learn everything at once. Instead, you should work at mastering one skill at a time to eventually get you to the bigger picture (and dang, will that whole thing be worth it).

Switch it up.

A Johns Hopkins study found that “if you perform a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row.”

Invest in a coach.

As children, we had a coach for everything — after school we stayed for swim lessons, on Saturdays we went to dance class, Mondays was soccer practice and Wednesday our violin teacher came to the house for private lessons. As adults we tend to try to do things on our own, which K. Anders Ericsson, the mind behind this school of thought, disagrees with.

Set concrete improvements.

Kobe Bryant was in insanely great shape during the peak of his career as a professional basketball player, so he received a lot of press coverage when he set a goal to lose another 16 pounds for the 2012 Olympics.

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Elle Kaplan

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CEO/Founder of @LexionCapital & CIO of LexION Alpha. Self Made Entrepreneur, Financial Expert & Dreamer. Visit http://ow.ly/TiMM30haQcj to learn more.

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Elle Kaplan

Written by

CEO/Founder of @LexionCapital & CIO of LexION Alpha. Self Made Entrepreneur, Financial Expert & Dreamer. Visit http://ow.ly/TiMM30haQcj to learn more.

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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