90% of the people don’t read more than 300 words. If you read the whole post, you’ll be among the 10% people who know all the secret of learning a new skill in less than 6 months.
I’ve spent around three whole years in learning the concepts of developing my life from scratch. In these three years, I learned what works and what doesn’t. In this guide, I’ve concluded all the secrets of learning any skill in less than six months.
You want to be a musician or a writer or a speaker or you may have to lose weight, this post will make you a superhuman in your area of interest. Just read all the steps and follow it in your daily life for the next six months. After six months, people will start talking about your incredible skills and you will be on cloud nine.
Step1: Information Is Power
A talented man without knowledge is like the sailor who gets into the ship without the compass and who never be certain whether he is going.
I strongly recommend you to spend a few days in gaining information before you train yourself for any skill.
If you’ve to lose weight, then read a book or meet a coach and learn how to reduce weight. Yes, getting information will help you in losing weight. Let me explain to you how reading books will help you losing weight. There was a friend of mine who lost around 10 Kg in 6 months. Another friend of mine who loved reading lost the same 10 kg in just 2 months. I asked the first friend how he lost the 10 Kg in 6 months; he told he ran for one hour every evening. On asking the same question from another friend, he told he lifted weights three days a week in the gym for half an hour and cut the white-carbs from his diet.
My first friend ran one hour every day for six months. The other friend worked for two months only three times a week. Weight loss is the same for both, but the second friend did it in two months by spending around two hours a week.
Again, I suggest you read at least one hour every day on the skill you want to learn, be it writing a book or learning an instrument. The more you know the secret the sooner you’ll reach your goals.
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. – Ralph Sockman
Step2: Cut The “Have” And Use The “Information”
Whole through the life we remain unconscious about the biggest treasure, time. We just speak and never act. We’ve to lose weight but postpone it until tomorrow. We’ve to write a book but never sit and write. We’ve to start our own business, but afraid of doing investment. We’ve to join music classes, but we don’t have time, for we are wasting it in just thinking and not doing.
The only problem with us is “Have”. We have to do. But we never do. Where “have” comes, laziness enters. Our work feels like a burden on us. Cut the “have” and start acting.
If you say, ‘I have to do the task at the end of the week or at the end of the month,’ you’ll waste your time in thinking about your task and clutter your mind with the nuisance you create with the talks and not working.
I read about this technique in a book by Tim Ferris, long years back. Don’t set your deadline for more than two days. Set the shortest deadline. If your goal is very big to achieve then cut it down into small goals.
For instance, early in the morning, I wasted about two hours in thinking what I should write today. But then I made a point to sit and write something. Now, the post you are reading is just come off my pen in this way. As I stopped wasting my time in thinking, I choose to jump directly to the task.
Don’t waste time on thinking ‘How’. Take quick decisions. Studies have shown that the talented and lucky people make the decision rapidly whereas people who fail make decisions slowly and change their mind quickly.
By taking actions, I’ve changed my whole life in just one year. I learned how to write. I read one hundred books. I published a book. I created my own website. I made thousands of followers. I got featured on the two famous tech websites, Shout Me Loud and Tech Story. Everything happened in just one year. Without actions, our every idea and dream is futile.
Taking actions not only help you achieve your goals but also help you in developing self-discipline, patience, self-confidence and above all belief. It helps you to understand that we all have the unlimited power within which helps us to live our higher self.
Always remember, information is power if acted upon. All the information and books are the waste if you are not applying them in your life.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
Step3: Don’t forget 80/20 Rule
The Pareto Principle, also known as 80/20 rule, states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
The problem with us is we are busy, but not productive. We work the whole day long, and at night, when we reflect upon our whole day, we feel unsatisfied. We feel overwhelmed. We think to quit. But we never try to understand the reason behind our disappointments.
The simple formula I use to develop my skills is by finding one most important work.
For instance, a few years ago, I had a strong desire to become a writer. I never knew how to write. But as I started reading more books, I came to know that writing is just a way to share your experiences with the world.
I decided to write about my experiences and imagination with others. In just one month, I wrote more than 100 pages. When I saw my writing, it was horrendous. In disappointment, I threw the manuscript in the garbage bin.
Till then, I’ve learned how to write down my experiences on a paper. Now, the problem was how to improve my skills. What I did is I took a book of Khushwant Singh which I’ve already read for over 3 times. I copied every line from the book and wrote down in my journal.
It took me around 3 days to copy the whole book. First, I thought what I was doing was a waste of time, but it helped me in a far better way. While I was copying, I created connections in my brain and in less than 3 months, I advanced my brain in understanding plotting, sentence and paragraph formation
Then I read over 100 books in gaining the knowledge to improve my personal and professional life. In less than a year, I was a published author with gentle readers.
As a writer, the 20% work is reading books. The more I read, the better I write.
What do you want to learn? Try to find out the 20% important work. Even if you spend only 5-6 hours a day on the vital task, you would be able to learn the new skill in less than 6 months.
Being busy is not being productive. – Tim Ferris, Four-hour Workweek.
Step 4 Take More Decisions
My one correct decision is always the result of two or three bad decisions. I’ve lost a lot of time and money in making the bad decisions. But, the best thing I got is the experience.
I did the mistakes, observed what went wrong and learned from it. I request you to take more decisions in life and experience the consequences of it. A wise man is nothing but a man with the bundle of experiences.
Now, the question is what kind of experiences I’m talking about? The one which can develop you from within. Maturity cannot be defined by the age of a person. It is defined as how much enlighten you are. The experience which hits you deeply helps you to become strong. Most people never learn from their bad experiences and do the same mistake again and over again.
The more you make decisions, the more you do make mistakes and face rejections. Observe the results of your actions and be brave to give it another try.
Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You’ve to fail in order to practice being brave. – Tyler Moore
Step 5: Master It Through Repetition
Repetition is the mother of art.
The biggest obstacle a man face while learning something new is he easily gets distracted by the other skill. Before mastering one skill, he jumps upon another.
I want to take my own example. As I read books, I get bored after reading it half. I’ve more than 50 books in my shelf that I’ve read about 50%. I used to read 6 books simultaneously. At the end of every month, I found I’ve not read any book entirely. I felt upset, demotivated and do procrastinate.
Later, I decided to finish reading one book before picking up the next. Even if I get bored, I pushed myself to finish reading the book. The time I pushed myself, I expanded my consciousness and the ability to read more. Now, I have a new skill of speed reading.
An average person reads 200 words per minute. My speed is around 400 words per minute, just double.
I used the same formula for learning harmonica. Until I finish learning one song at a time, I never think about another one. I learned the harmonica in just 10 days. I’m not a professional player, but I can see people complimenting me as a ‘bucket of talents.’
Moe Norman, the most accurate golfer in history, from the age of 16 onwards, hit 800-1000 balls a day, five days a week. And it was frightening how straight he hit it.
Repetition is the most powerful tool in mastering any skill. Embrace repetition and release your unlimited power.
I fear not the man who has practised ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick ten thousand times. – Bruce Lee
Step 6: Develop Yourself Emotionally
This is the last step of conquering the game. It is necessary to develop emotional strength while training yourself for the new skill.
Sometimes, not everything goes as we think. Instead of getting better, things get worse. No matter, how much we try to mend our lives, we fall into the uncertainty. Everything seems to be bewildered. Most of our time goes into gathering our courage to continue.
Earlier, where we’ve promised to spend at least 5 hours a day developing a new skill, we only employ a few minutes and sometimes nothing at all.
I want to share with you two things that will help you to handle your emotions.
- Get easy on yourself. No one is born with talent. Every artist was first an amateur. The important thing is to begin. Once, you begin your journey, you will see the difference over time. Sometimes, learning a new skill will be fun and sometimes, it will frighten you. But never lose hope. Try to work every day for at least 5 hours. Once, your brain makes the connection you can perform the same skill even in your sleep.
- Try to find out the ‘Why’. Why do you want to train yourself? What is the reason which will take you to the path again once you fall down? What is your backbone? What is your ‘why’?
My ‘why’ was to help people in achieving their dreams and goals, to see them taking full responsibility for their life, to prepare them to live their best self and to attune them with their inner being.
When I thought to quit, I reminded myself of the purpose behind my birth which is to share my gifts with others. I’m doing it for so many years. The writing was somewhat difficult at first, but now it gives me satisfaction and a peaceful life. My ‘why’ was strong enough to bring me again to my journey.
Discovering ‘Why’ is the work half done. The rest is to solve the ‘Why’.
My confidence comes from the daily grind – training my butt off day in and out. – Hope Solo
As we are on the end of our post, I want to remind you again that the above-listed steps helped me to achieve everything in my professional life. I was not born lucky or talented. I just used my time in developing my brain every day. I experimented, did mistakes and learned. And what I’ve concluded is mistakes are not mistakes until you are learning from them.