Josh Kaufman specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his 20-minute TEDx Talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. He also reveals the four steps to learning any new skill, fast.
He wrote a new book about this topic called The First 20 Hours.
Here's a breakdown of his four steps (as found via Lifehacker):
- Deconstruct the skill: It starts with breaking down the task in several parts and find the most important things to practice first. If you were learning to play a musical instrument, for example, knowing just a few chords gives you access to tons of songs. If you want to learn a new language, learn the most common 2,000 words and you'll have 80% text coverage.
- Lern enough to self-correct: Use reference materials to learn enough that you know when you make a mistake so you can correct yourself.
- Remove barriers to learning: Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn.
- Practice at least 20 hours.