How to Master Anything

M_02_3If you’re an entrepreneur, the learning never stops. But why should it? Most professions require ongoing coursework–think doctors, real estate agents, accountants–but it’s easy to overlook the mastery of new skills when the wolf is at the door. But perhaps that’s precisely the problem. New skills bring fresh perspective, as well as new talents we can offer the world. In turn, you’ll profit. Success. Funny how that works.

How long will it take? Depends. Once upon a time, it might have taken you more than the popular four hours to learn to tie your own shoes. Remember, life is a journey.

In a quest to make some positive changes in my own life, I’ve recently had to acquire a few new skills. Some have been painful to learn, others a pleasure. But what really piqued my interest is our ceaseless ability to learn. If we chose.

So, step out of your comfort zone. Commit to learning a new language, starting a new business, writing a book and becoming an author-preneur, or just being a better parent/spouse/friend. Why not take an entrepreneurial approach to You, Inc.?

To get you started, here’s a great article from Harvard Business Review on mastering new skills: http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2012/11/how-to-master-a-new-skill.html

Here are a handful of books I’ve enjoyed on mastering new skills, being effective, prioritizing, and leadership. And special appreciation goes to the family of Stephen R. Covey, who passed away this past summer. I was privileged to know one of his fine sons in school, but long before that, his teachings made a real impact on my life. His new book, just out, promises the same.

And if you have books that have made a difference in your ability to learn or start a new phase in your life, or simply helped you tackle new projects, share them here. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “How to Master Anything

  1. Jan,

    Learning new things is what make us and our lives interesting. How boring to maintain status quo. It if ain’t broke, don’t fix it is such a silly premise that I can’t believe anyone who isn’t supremely lazy would even consider that.

    Status quo is not a goal. Keeping things the same is not a strategy. Being the same person today, that you were yesterday, is just plain boring.

    Cheers,
    Marc

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