How to Develop Skills 10x Faster

How to Develop Skills 10x Faster

Jun 11, 2023

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Here's a life-changing discovery: A common trait among Billionaire entrepreneurs is perpetual learning.

Here are some stats from interviewing 233 wealthy individuals:

  • 88% read 30 minutes or more every day for education & learning.
  • 85% read two or more books a month for learning.
  • 63% listen to educational audiobooks/podcasts.

This is the ultimate proof that the best way to earn is to develop new skills.

But what if you want to develop new skills faster?

Well, here is a practical framework that will help you master new skills 10x faster:


Step #1  Recognize the 10,000 hours myth

Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour theory only applies to elite performers in specialized fields. In reality: you can get good at something within the first 20 hours of practice.

If you look at the skill mastery curve, you will see rapid improvements in the first 20 hours. After 20 hours, things start to taper off.


Step #2 Understand & manage your emotions:

You might think the new skill challenge is intellectual. In reality, the Challenge is emotional.

Learn to deal with feeling uncomfortable, scared, and incompetent while starting to develop your desired new skill.


Step #3 Deconstruct the skill

Break down the skill you want to learn into its basic components. 

Example: If you want to learn to create visuals, the components are:

  • Drawing basic shapes.
  • Drawing icons.
  • Typography.
  • Styling shapes, icons, and typography together.

Now you can start practicing each of these basic skills individually before you tie everything together.



 Step #4 Learn to self-correct

You can do this by following below these simple steps:

  1. Get 1-3 learning resources.
  2. Learn to recognize the patterns.
  3. Review your work & identify areas of improvement.


 Step #5 Remove practice barriers

The goal is to make practicing your new skill as frictionless as possible, here's how you can do it:

  • Keep your practice gear (pens, sports gear, etc...) within sight.
  • Make it easier to practice, by getting rid of distractions.
  • Treat practice as a routine rather than a hobby.


Step #6 Practice for at least 20 hours

There are two options you can follow to reach the 20 hours mark:

  • You can dedicate 45 minutes a day to learn in 30 days.
  • Or dedicate 1 hour a day to learn in 20 days.

→ Stay consistent and you'll be proud of what you've achieved!


 Step #7 Get excited about the journey

Learning skills in 20 hours is a theory by Josh Kaufman His TED Talk on "how to learn anything" has over 35M views on YouTube (watch it below):

TLDR; How to learn skills 10x Faster:

  1. Recognize the 10,000 hours myth.
  2. Understand & manage your emotions.
  3. Deconstruct the skill.
  4. Learn enough to self-correct.
  5. Remove practice barriers.
  6. Practice for at least 20 hours.
  7. Get excited about the journey.


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