On Acquiring New Skills

🚩Be patient: Acquiring new skills takes time and focus, so your ability to ignore other pursuits is as important as your ability to focus on the main one.

🚩Don’t avoid discomfort: face it. When you start something difficult you are likely to feel internal resistance to the task– this is where many people start procrastinating, e.g., checking their inbox compulsively. Instead, establish a time structure: Tell yourself “I will work on this for an hour.” After ten minutes you might have lost yourself in the work. Also, keep track of the hours you dedicate to deliberate practice, as this tally will keep you motivated.


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