Ten tips for learning any skill

Here are ten tips for practicing any skill:

  1. Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  2. Use a timer.
  3. Practice even when you don’t feel like it.
  4. Record and share your practice sessions.
  5. Aim for quantity, not quality.
  6. Focus on bodily sensations while practicing, not on the work you’re doing.
  7. Identify what you’re afraid of, and practice that.
  8. Always be failing.
  9. Don’t apologize for your mistakes.
  10. Decide what you’re going to do before you do it. Then, do it.

These tips will work for learning piano, meditation, singing, foreign languages, drawing, yoga, anything.

Brain surgery 🧠🔪 or race car driving 🏎️ ?

Who knows. 🤷‍♂️

BTW: Episode 5 of the Self-Defined Human Podcast came out yesterday (“This Podcast is a MIstake“). It’s awesome. Way too confrontational. It’s about mistakes.

(I talk about how I would learn race car driving.)

P.S. Meditation is a meta-skill that will help you learn any other skill. To get started with meditation, you could try my course, No Problem. Or, not. Up to you.


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