Steps To Master A Skill

We all have those things we are good at. This rarely makes us unique since there are many people that might have that particular skill as well. Learning to master a skill is another thing entirely. Mastering that skill gives you total dominion of the skill. Mastering a skill can also give you a million ways to utilize that skill in different areas and platforms but it will take time to adequately master that skill.

So how does one master a skill and how on does it take to master a skill, read on for more details;


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    Identify The Skill And A Mentor

    For every skill you think you can purse, there is always someone that has done it and can do it better than you at that time or stage. So until then, you will need a mentor or coach to help you perfect that skill. If does not have to be a person. It could also be an institution such as a school or society. For example, some people have a natural affinity for singing but without a structured process to train their voice, they will not be able to master that skill.

    Your duty here is to identify the skill and the mentor to help you learn all you need to know about that skill. Your mentor will help show you easy ways and methods to make the performing of the skill less daunting.

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    Break Down The Skill

    To master or understand something, you need examine it carefully to understand how it works, the current limitations and most importantly its potential. For example, mastering piano playing skills requires an understanding of sheet music to be able to understand various aspects of piano music. Then the next step is to play those alphabets on the keys its self and then after maximum perfection. Only then can you start playing on your own to randomly start connecting and creating tunes.  To truly master a skill, it is important to get these “mini-skills” understood.

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    To master a skill is to practice doing it on a regular basis. Some people say 10,000 hours of doing that same thing can gain you mastery, another says, basically 20 hours of practice can help you gain mastery. For some that want to master the skill and move to other kinds of skill, choosing 20 hours on a skill will fit suitably. 20 hours on one skill every day for a week can get you close to mastery.

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    Another factor that helps one master a skill is when they see themselves performing that skill in style. The power of this imagination is to show one that they if they can see it, then they can do it. It is motivating force in pushing one to be able to learn that skill faster.

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    Another factor that goes into mastery of a skill is in the performance of that skill. To show yourself that you are improving perform in front of a little audience, preferably your friends and family and that do so with a bit of ease and style and concentration, showing off a bit to show you can do this in your sleep. They should see the ease in which you play for example; the piano. This will cause you to increase your ability when next you are in the classroom and also in the eyes of the people that you trust that you indeed mastered it. It will show you are on top of your game (to them) but in the eyes of your mentor, you’ve got a long way to go, but to them that’s all that matters and the encouragements they give you, will be as a boost to help you achieve more levels in the mastery of that skill.

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    It is not an easy task to be dedicated to one thing for 20 hours every day mastering one particular skill, not only can it be boring when getting to half the point, there are also distractions that are around that can deter you from focusing and getting the maximum knowledge of the skill and the ability to play it well. To be able to focus , one needs to be isolated and strictly adhere to concentrating on the perfecting of the skill.


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    To quote Pablo Picasso who said; “learn the rules then break them like a pro”. When you have learn all you need to know, then you can bring artistry in and become creative in your performance. But first, learn, practice, learn, practice, learn, practice.

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