How to learn effectively a new skill? To become a master you need 10.000 hours of learning and practice. But, how long needs it to become familiar with a new skill?
The learning curve is not linear. After the first hard phase of learning where the effort and success are antiproportional – it’s the frustration or barrier phase of learning. After that phase you enter a nearly proportional phase – all effort bears now fruit and you love to learn. Then you entering the mastering phase and there is a lot of effort needed to see something happen – here is the way to become a genius in a skill.
After which time of learning a new skill have you overcome the frustration phase? The answer of Josh Kaufman is 20 hours – that’s a good message 😉
What could be a good method to overcome the first phase in learning anything?
- Deconstruct the skill. Decide what you exactly want to do with skill and break the skill, practice the most important skills.
- Learn enough to correct yourself. Practice just enough to notice when you do mistakes and get on the right path.
- Remove the distractions. Disable notifications and remove all the distractions.
- Practice at least 20 hours. Try to do 20 hours of deliberate practice. Stick with it no matter what.
Additional: The major barrier to skill acquisition isn’t an intellectual one, but it’s emotional.
PS: Make it in the beginning as simple as possible but not simpler!
PSS: Enjoy the end of unknowing and the beginning of something new!