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Do you have what it takes to master anything?
Have you tried and succeeded at mastering your craft?
Do you want to master something new?
The reality is that many people have mastered nothing.
Yet for others, it seems, as if they have mastered various endeavors.They make it look easy.
What do they have, that almost everybody else doesn´t? or what do they know?
Have you felt the need to learn something new? I know I have. I have been learning different things this past year. One of them was HTML and CSS coding language. I haven´t mastered it yet, but I have single-handedly coded my own blog.
When I began learning to code, I started with a feeling of tightness in the chest, and a hardening of the stomach. I even obsessed with problems I was having with coding, and felt that I was incapable of learning, and you know what, everyone gets this feelings of inadequacy when learning something new. Then it seems to flow again, and you feel that you are advancing, moving along, and you´re happy.
Time passes, the learning curve gets steeper, and the activity gets more difficult, until you hit a brick wall. You start questioning yourself if you really like what you are doing.
Have you been having this thoughts and feelings? Has your will to learn diminished? Are you thinking on quitting the activity, even before making any progress?
It doesn´t have to be like this, You can become an achiever, and leave behind the underachiever´s attitude toward´s learning
This usually happens when you think you know everything there is to know about your activity, or when you get bored, or when you don´t really understand how things work, but you have been intuitively made it work. When that happens, you need to really start studying, and here is when people usually quit.
Here are five simple steps to master anything
Step One – Observe
Everything starts with a good observation. Don´t expect things to happen, just observe them. Try to observe each and every step of the process. Try to keep it simple.
Step Two – Analyze
When you analyze something, you break it into its parts.
According to Dictionary.com Analyze means:
¨To separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of ( opposed to synthesize )¨
Study each part, and how it affects every other part.
Step Three – Create a system and draw a flowchart
Learning becomes easier if you create a system. By this I mean, to take the parts and try to put them together as a system. Think of your body. If we where studying medicine, we would study the body in parts first, and then in systems. For example the circulatory system, the immune system, respiratory and nervous systems, etc.
It is the only way to learn big chunks of information. You need to put them together into systems.
For example, you may take a look into Tim Ferriss´ $10k prize to learn how to memorize as the Memrise page explains:
¨In The Four Hour Chef, Tim Ferriss’ Amazon best-selling book, Tim offered a $10k prize to the first person to learn how to memorize a deck of cards in under a minute. The competition ran from February 6th to March 20th, 2013.
Learn the techniques you’ll need from Tim’s memory coach, Grandmaster of memory Ed Cooke.¨
If you can draw this system, you will be able to understand it better.
Step Four – Explain it to someone else
When you are able to talk about an activity or work, and you are able to explain it to someone else, then you have learned that activity, and the memory of it lasts longer.
When I was at college studying psychology, I used to explain difficult subjects to my friends. They liked studying with me because I explained everything in simple words, and was able to connect everything into systems. When I graduated, I was offered to work at the faculty, which I accepted. Teaching students for me is being able to explain everything in simple terms and then structuring the info into its systems, or into my systems.
Step Five – Practice makes perfect
If you want to master anything, you need to practice every simple step, lots and lots of times.
The Martial Arts Master, is the one that knows how to do perfect every simple move. He knows his systems. Get to know your systems!