You're probably familiar with author Malcolm Gladwell's famous 10,000-hour rule. It states that if you want to master any complicated skill, from golf to violin, you're going to have to put in that many hours of practice. Now, one author thinks he's found a shortcut. Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! , broke down some of the basics recently. Put his method into practice and you can learn any skill by putting in just 45 minutes a day for a month, he promises.
- Break down the skill into manageable steps.
- Learn the basic theory without procrastinating.
- Make practice easy.
- Commit to 20 hours.
After 20 hours you likely won't be playing Rachmaninoff, beating Tiger Woods on the links, or speaking fluent Arabic. But you probably will probably make sufficient progress that you'll be motivated to continue working on your chosen skill.