How To Master Any Skill In Just One Hour Per Day

The “LEARN” method of mastery

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You must develop an understanding of what excellence in your field looks like in order to duplicate it for yourself.

I went through a similar struggle when I began my writing career. I practiced, but I didn’t know what I was doing. Progress came slowly, if at all. It wasn’t until I adjusted my approach to mastery and learning that I finally achieved positive results.

Develop the right attitude first

Never think you have it all figured out. You don’t. Nobody does. Arrogance becomes your enemy, especially when you taste your first slice of success.

Narrow your focus

Committing to daily improvement requires time and focus. Don’t spread yourself thin. Give up your secondary goals to focus on your one thing.

The LEARN method of mastery

This system won’t compress ten years of learning and experience into six months. There are no shortcuts, but if you can dedicate one hour per day, you’ll see real improvement in your skill.

1) Learn

Learning can take any form. You can read a book, take a class, watch a video, work with a private teacher, or listen to an audiobook. If you’re a writer, you already know how to write. I get that. But do you know how to write well? Would you recognize good writing if you saw it?

2) Experiment

Learning is more than the acquiring of information. You need to do something with your knowledge. If you’re a baker, bake. If you’re a writer, write.

3) Analyze

Once you complete your experiment, analyze the results. Picture yourself as a scientist in a lab coat who runs experiment after experiment. You observe the results, determine the outcome, and glean lessons from the experience.

Passive analysis

Compare your work against that of proven excellence or a defined standard. If you’re a cook, you know what your stew should taste like. You know how the texture should feel. This method is subjective, but sometimes it’s all we have.

Active analysis

This analysis involves feedback from an outside source. It could be an audience or an expert in your field. This type of feedback is superior, though not always possible or practical.

4) Refine

You’ve consumed a lesson, experimented with it, and analyzed the results. You’ll never get it right the first time. Even if you get it right, you’ll find ways in which you can improve. If you don’t, analyze the results again. There’s almost always room to grow.

  • If you could fix one thing, what would it be?
  • What would make it better?
  • What did you do wrong, and how would you change it?

5) Next

Get yourself to a point where you feel competent that the ability is ingrained in your process. Once you incorporate that skill into your toolkit, move on to the next unit of work.

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Experimenter in life, productivity, and creativity. Work in Forge | Elemental | Business Insider | GMP | Contact: barry@barry-davret dot com.

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