How To Learn 108 New Skills In The Next 3 Years – The Startup – Medium
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery
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Now imagine the scenario where you learn more than 100 skills in just 3 years.
How much more “successful” do you think you could be?
How many ways can you combine those in creative ways?
And then one day you wake up and realize that by using a multitude of skills you’ve acquired over the years, you come up with a brilliant idea that could change your future forever.
Logic/Science (Programming, Math, Physics, etc.)
Creative (Art, Music, Writing, Design, Movies, etc.)
Health (Nutrition, Body-building, Sports)
Speech (public speaking, speed, tone, etc.)
Be Specific and Realistic
What if I chose Programming, Drawing and Spanish? This is way too broad! Where do I start? What is it really? How the heck can I learn all that in one month! How do you track progress on that?
Being realistic and specific will help you focus and stay motivated, and ultimately help you stay consistent in your practice.
Practice each skill 30 minutes per day
Thirty minutes for each skill is achievable. If it’s unreasonable for you, just reduce to 1–2 skills instead.
Have a schedule
Be extreme in telling your brain that you HAVE TO do it or something bad will happen.
This is made easier if you do it consistently at the same time every day. I practice on weekends also. I don’t want to break the momentum.
During your day, you spend a lot of time doing passive things: Commuting to work, basic cooking, doing the dishing, health hygiene, etc. I bet for most people, that’s at least one hour of their day.
All Skills Are Useful
When working on my game, I can now draw decent enough sketches/drafts for my artists to understand my vision.
By learning so many skills, there’s a much higher chance that I’m going to find something that unites me with another person.
I’ve connected with people I would never connect with normally, and these connections ended up being some of my strongest connections.
I didn’t aim to write. I didn’t aim to take photos.
Yet I’m now getting paid to do both.
If I didn’t try them as new skills, I would never have known that 1. I’d be good enough at them, and 2. I’d really grow to like them.
Because The More You Know, The Faster You Learn
And for me, that is the best reason: learning constantly, at a faster pace.
There’s (almost) nothing I enjoy more in life than learning. It’s such a great feeling when you reach a level of mastery you never knew you could reach before.