Browsing All posts tagged under »Skill Development«

Learning to Dance in a Year

July 23, 2013

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How many hours of practice does it take to learn how to dance?  It took Karen Cheng 500 hours over a year and her video tracking her progress over time is a viral hit with almost 3 million views in two weeks. I was blown away when I saw this video and have been thinking […]

Highs and Lows of Sailing a Pocket Cruiser with my Family

July 16, 2013

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This is the second part of the story.  Start with the first part to get the whole story. Last month I accepted a job offer in the San Francisco Bay area and it forced us to make a number of big decisions.  One of the most difficult ones was whether we should keep the boat […]

Slow and Steady Approach to Becoming a Chef

June 24, 2013

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It is a common belief that you either know something or you don’t.  That skills and knowledge are somehow gifted to some people and not to others.  The truth is that we all lie somewhere on a spectrum from knowing very little to knowing a lot and that only through practice can we climb the […]

My Plan to Fix My Writing Routine and Stop Sucking

June 10, 2013

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My recent post “Why I Quit Reading For 45 Days” sucked.  I wrote the post under time pressure and as the deadline approached I had to stop writing and start editing even though I knew it was in poor shape.  As soon as I hit publish I felt regret, shame, and disappointment. I started this […]

Interleaved Practice: A Secret Enhanced Learning Technique

April 29, 2013

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Have you ever heard of interleaved practice? If you had asked me the same question a week ago I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. In fact I was stumped when my Dad asked me what it was and since I thought he said “interweaved” I struggled to find an answer on Google. […]

My Daily Guitar Practice Routine

March 25, 2013

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When I started teaching myself to play guitar I didn’t know where to start.  Everything I tried seemed impossible.  The most simple lesson books felt out of my league.  I still struggle to figure out what I should be practicing and working towards.  There are so many types of music that I would love to […]

If It Was Easy Everyone Would Be Doing It

March 18, 2013

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One of my readers dealt out a little tough love in the comments of last week’s post.   He thinks I am sounding defeated, lacking passion, feeling sorry for myself, not being a man of my word, and being a quitter…. I hear what he is saying Many of my recent posts have focused on […]

Pushing Through a Learning Plateau on Guitar

December 3, 2012

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Last week I shared some of the conventional wisdom for pushing through a learning plateau and this week I want to share how I applied that wisdom to tackle my own learning plateau on guitar. Reflect on How Far I Have Come While I was writing last week’s post I referenced a post on base-skills […]

Pushing Through a Learning Plateau

November 26, 2012

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It is amazing how quickly you can progress when you start learning a new skill.   It is self-reinforcing, motivating and downright addicting to make advances every day and it is easy to get used to that feeling.  Unfortunately, everyone eventually hits a spot where they stop making obvious improvements.  A learning plateau. I hinted in […]

200 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

October 22, 2012

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Some time last week I quietly crossed over the 200 hour milestone.  I suppose some people might celebrate or make a  big deal out of it but it didn’t feel like a special day.  I sat down and practiced my 35 minutes like I do most nights.  I logged my time in Beeminder and I […]