As most of you know, I have a fascination for learning - whether it’s improving my learning ability (how to learn), or just learning new things (I just picked up my first cruiser skateboard!) - I’m always up for hearing more about it.
1. Deliberate Practice with a specific goal in mind
You have to set aside time with the intent to ‘practice’ whatever skill you want to hone. For example, I set aside time for exercise on certain days, or once a week, I set aside time to finish writing up my newsletter (and I’ve actually been getting faster at it!).
2. Identify the most important sub-skills (in whichever field you are interested in)
Basically ensuring that you have a solid foundation for the topic at hand. If you’re doing something wrong fundamentally, you are going to develop bad habits that will continue to grow and they are super difficult to get rid of! That is why - whenever I learn something new, I always get a coach to teach me the basics, because I want to get it right from the start!
3. Imitate, assimilate, innovate.
Find folks you want to learn from and imitate them. Take notes. Observe and absorb. Most importantly, try to do it yourself! The innovation will come naturally because as much as you try to copy the other person, you are not them. Along the way, you will develop your own sort of style, so don’t be afraid that you are ‘copying’ off someone - it will not be the same.
There are no unique messages, only unique messengers