No matter how much we want to acquire a new skill, there’s never enough time to do everything and learn all we want to know. But from this moment on, you can remove the “I don’t have time” phrase from your vocabulary. We at Bright Side are sharing a method that will allow you to learn anything in just 20 hours.
Author Josh Kaufman, who is passionate about learning new things, decided to find the answer to the question of how much time is really needed to master a skill. The answer was not encouraging at all: 10,000 hours!
So Kaufman set out to break the paradigm in an extreme way. How much time do you really need to go from being completely incompetent to being reasonably good? And the answer is motivating: 20 hours.
The goal is not to become an “expert” but to get good enough at the desired skill.
It only takes 45 minutes a day for about a month, but you have to be smart about how you practice and make sure that you invest that time in the most effective way. For this reason, the author suggests four fundamental steps:
Analyze and find out what it is that you really want to know when you finish “learning.” Many skills can be divided into small subskills. Once the skill is deconstructed, it’s much easier to identify which subskills appear to be most important. Then you can identify the most important things to practice first.
Choosing an exaggerated bibliography is an excellent excuse to postpone learning. It’s enough to have between three and five reliable and well-chosen sources to achieve your goal, such as books, magazines, DVDs, or any other material.
Get rid of whatever distracts you from doing your work; TV, Internet, and other distractions can get in the way of practice, making it difficult to acquire any skill. Make the best use of your time.
Feeling incompetent leads us to think that we are stupid, and that is always another obstacle to achieving our goal. Invest at least 20 hours in learning something new, and you will automatically overcome the frustration barrier.
Kaufman demonstrates his theory with a case study based on his personal experience of learning to play the ukulele. First, the author began looking at music databases to see how to play songs. Then he noticed that the chords were repeated incessantly, and he realized that with only four or five chords he could play almost any song.
“The major barrier to skill acquisition isn’t intellectual…it’s emotional,“ says Kaufman. ”We are scared to fail; we are scared to be embarrassed. Feeling stupid isn’t fun.”
So you no longer have an excuse to not learn what interests you. We are all able to invest 20 hours a month to obtain that new knowledge that we desire so much.
Based on materials from El Confidencial