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Put your mind to it – especially the first 20 hours 

By  Lysette Offley

Put your mind to it by concentrating on the first 20 hours. You might be surprised by your expertise in this relatively short time.

What does it really take to become an expert?

The FIrst 20 HoursDoes it really take 10 000 hours to become an expert, as some people suggest?

Yes you know who you are, Malcolm “Outliers” Gladwell!

Well, that’s what we were led to believe, wasn’t it? But that’s not what the research tells us.

If you’re purposeful, if you set yourself up to make it easy to practise, if you have a good strategy, it can take less time.

A lot less!

20 hours, in fact! Yes! 20!

That’s just 40 minutes a day for a month. Do you think you could do that?

Of course you could!

Here are the 5 most important things to consider, to get the job done:

  • Decide what you want to be able to do
  • Deconstruct the skill, i.e. work out the sub-skills, making up the whole
  • Research the most important sub-skills (Find out who can help you learn those sub-skills)
  • Remove barriers to practice. Make it easy to spend the time learning and get rid of distractions
  • Pre-commit to at east 20 hours of deliberate, focused practice. This guarantees you get through any obstacles and frustration, especially in the early days

Author and business adviser Josh Kaufman reveals a new approach for acquiring new skills quickly with just a small amount of practice each day.

So, what are you going to put your mind to, now you know how easy it is?

Let me know in the comment box below.

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Lysette Offley

Genius Maker & Founder of Genius Material and The Genius Principles. Working with professionals who need exceptional academic & professional development.

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