It Takes 20 Hours To Actually Learn Anything

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Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What can you learn in 10 minutes that could be useful for rest of your life? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.


It takes just 20 hours of practice to learn anything. 20 hours!

Yes, it takes just 20 hours of practice from being grossly incompetent at something to being reasonably good. Whether it is learning a language or painting or playing an instrument – if you put 20 hours of focused practice into something, you would be surprised at how good you can get at it.

Here are 4 simple methods of rapid skill acquisition:

1. Deconstruct the skill

Break the skill into smaller fragments and practice the most important skills first. Research shows that performance gradually decreases with practice time. So, practice the tougher parts first.

2. Learn enough to self-correct

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