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Do you want to learn a new professional skill or always wanted to learn to play violin or tennis?

The first 20 hours are the most critical.

Generally, people find this early stage in the learning process the most hardest. It is indeed difficult to persist in the arduous task of learning and practising despite failures.

But this stage is of rapid skill acquisition and sets a nice foundation for further practice and mastery.

Few tips for this rapid skill acquisition in the first 20 hours:

  1. Focus all your energy on only one skill as you have limited time per day. Otherwise, you will progress slowly across multiple skills.
  2. Decide the target performance level you want to achieve which is good enough for you.
  3. Break into smaller parts of sub-skills and tackle them individually.
  4. Acquire the tools you need to learn that skill. E.g. a software for technical skill or a racket for tennis.
  5. Avoid distractions like phone calls and emotional roadblocks like fear and self-doubt to increase focus during learning.
  6. ‘Make’ time of 1.5-2 hours a day for practice by striking out less important activities from your daily schedule.
  7. Make sure you get feedback on your progress so that you can adjust your learning, identify weak spots and get continuous motivation.
  8. Practice in short spurts of 20 minutes.
  9. Prioritise speed and quantity over quality and perfection.

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