You probably have read lots of books and blogs detailing the secret to success. While you might have gotten all kinds of content regarding this, the true secret to success is mastery. Well, you might argue that the road to mastery is a long one and very few people achieve it. But on the other hand, shortening the learning and mastery curve is a topic that has been under study for a while now and some breakthroughs were made in the area to your benefit. Below are some of the core principles of stepping up into mastery from a novice.
Do not try to reinvent the wheel
Why would you burn your time reinventing a wheel that has already been invented, tried and tested and held true? Many students try and master a concept alone while they could get help from a master in the same and end up saving a lot of time and effort.
Think back to when you were learning a new language or any new skill. You probably had a hard time and your learning curve was very steep. But after a few months learning the skill, experimenting and making mistakes, you came up with a shortcut to aid a friend to avoid the same potholes.
Try and learn for the experts to reduce your learning curve.
Stop reading and start doing
Always keep the golden thumb rule when you are studying – spend only 1/3 of your time studying. The rest of the time should be spent doing, practicing and testing yourself on the concept at hand. The closer your practice is to the actual concept, the faster you are bound to learn. This is courtesy of the fact that our brains have over the years evolved to learning by doing and not hearing.
You will want to experience success 60%-80% of the time when learning and training. This is what is called the sweet spot for improvement. For many students, when the learning does not challenge them or it is too complex for them to bother themselves with, they quit. To master a skill, or a concept, you will have to find the perfect balance between easy and hard – the sweet spot. It should neither be too easy that you lose interest nor too hard that your brain heats up everytime you give it a thought. Striking the perfect balance will land you in the 60%-80% zone.