Yes, it theoretically can take 10,000 hours to truly master a skill, but who says you have to become the Grand Master of every new thing you want to learn? Josh Kaufman discusses how to learn new skills without making such a gigantic commitment. His first tip is to get specific about what you would like to learn and how proficient you would like to become, to make it easier to track your progress toward hitting your goal. If the skill you want to learn is complex, then break it down into “sub-skills” to make the learning more manageable. Do enough research that you can remove any misconceptions, and then get to work with actually doing; spending too much time on just research can devolve into procrastination. Identify any barriers that might get in the way of learning and mitigate them to the best of your ability. The final tip is to commit at least 20 hours of focused practice to the thing you want to learn. After 20 hours, you will have forced yourself through early self-doubts and should know if the skill is really worth your time to develop further.
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