How to Acquire New Skills

Three Methods:Getting to know the skillPracticing itMastering it

A large part of achieving your goals -professional or personal- is learning new skills. All of the knowledge that you have then can be applied to suit your overall growth. And to your delight a new research suggests that the key to learning a new skill isn't necessarily how many hours you spend practicing, but the way you practice and so see step 1 to start the process.

Method 1
Getting to know the skill

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    Time Travel. We don't mean that you should make a machine and go to 1990 for the sake of anything, instead search everywhere possible.
    • Although everything is becoming more and more online, there are still such things called libraries. Whether it is a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically search out the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books to help you acquire that skill.
    • Start watching video tutorials on your skill. On YouTube, there are many videos of how to learn and master new skills.
    • Search information about your skill on Google, and look at the top results. Usually there is a Wikipedia page that talks about the skill, and that's usually very useful.
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    Find a Mentor. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made. Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning of a new skill. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.
    • For example, when learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

Method 2
Practicing it

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    Don’t cram too much at once. You want to learn the information and you want to learn it quickly. You are probably going to lock yourself in a room until you’ve got it all. Resist that urge, as it is not productive.
    • Break the skill that you are desiring to learn down into little pieces and master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.
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    Move around. The brain makes connections between what you’re learning and the environment you’re in at the time. If you have information you’ll need to recall in various situations, then change up how and where you study.
    • For example, you need to remember the difference between por and para while writing a business email, but you’ll also need to remember it while talking at a party.
    • Record Yourself. Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistake and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

Method 3
Mastering it

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    Join a Group There are huge benefits of learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it is a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.
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    Start taking classes. Whatever skill you would like to learn, there is always a course that can teach you the skill. It can be a two-week summer course or an 11-month course. Just make sure you practice your skill, because you can always forget your new skill if you don't practice diligently.


  • Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results.
  • Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.
  • Practice your new skill within 4 hours of going to sleep as your memory and motor-mechanics needed are ingrained at a quicker level.
  • The best way to learn is to do. Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are continually physically engaged.
  • Keep alternating between research and practice.


  • It is easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to do something and never actually get around to doing it,so do it.
  • It is easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

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