How To Master Anything In Life
What do you think when you see someone who has mastered an art or skill?
The way you react might explain why you’ve never mastered anything in life (at least as an adult).
Most people just assume that, in order to master something, you need to start learning it when you are a young kid. Either that or you need to “be born with the talent”.
Now, these assumptions aren’t completely wrong, but they are still wrong.
Let me explain.
Nobody is born with A LOT more talent than someone else. Talent will give you a slight edge in the beginning, but that’s it. The reason it works so well is that it creates confidence and belief that you were born to master the skill. Belief in yourself is more than half of the battle.
And although you absolutely CAN master something as an adult, starting your journey to mastering it as a child will give you a tremendous advantage. And it also depends on WHAT you’re trying to master.
If it’s a highly physically-demanding endeavor, then obviously you can’t learn it when you’re 80 years old.
No 80-year-old person would be able to master a sport so much that they could compete professionally. But that is ONLY because their body wouldn’t make it possible. (However, the 80-year-old would still be able to practice simple stuff like throwing the ball or something similar, and they would be able to improve until their body reached its limits)
But if we’re talking about things like playing the piano, learning how to program or other similar skills that just rely on your mind, then the only thing learning it as a kid has over you is that they had a head-start.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it IS easier to learn as a child. Your brain is still developing so it just more naturally picks up on news things.
But that’s the only difference. That it is easier. That’s it.
And also, as a child, you might have more enthusiasm about it. But if you can have a child’s enthusiasm about learning something new as an adult, then that will make it much easier for you to master anything.
Other than that, kids got nothing on you. And honestly, the fact that it’s easier for them to learn should be meaningless to you.
You just need to think “Is it impossible to master this skill?”. If it’s not, you’re golden! (hint: if it’s a mental skill, it’s ALWAYS possible)
Now you just need consistency, perseverance and dedication.
Yup, that’s how you do it.
I want you to think about it this way:
If you want to TRULY MASTER something, you need 10,000 hours of practicing it.
10,000 hours is A LOT. It’s no walk in the park.
(Don’t get scared by what’s coming next)
The first thing this tells us is that you’re going to need to practice EVERY single day. So you need to accept in your mind that this is just your new reality: you’re going to be practicing it every single day from now on, regardless of what happens.
If that thought isn’t pleasant for you, then you’re probably not passionate enough about what you’re trying to master in the first place. And passion is a CRUCIAL necessity to mastering something.
Let’s do some math now.
How long will it take you to get to 10,000 hours?
If you practice 1 hour a day: At least 27 years (10,000 / 365 hours per year = 27.39)
If you practice 2 hours a day: Over 13 years and a half (10,000 / 730 hours per year = 13.69)
If you practice 3 hours a day: About 9 years (10,000 / 1,095 hours per year = 9.13)
If you practice 4 hours a day: Almost 7 years (10,000 / 1,460 hours per year = 6.84)
If you practice 5 hours a day: About 5 years and a half (10,000 / 1,825 hours per year = 5.47)
If you practice 6 hours a day: About 4 years and a half (10,000 / 2,190 hours per year = 4.56)
If you practice 7 hours a day: Almost 4 years (10,000 / 2,555 hours per year = 3.91)
If you practice 8 hours a day: About 3 years and a half (10,000 / 2,920 hours per year = 3.42)
Did the math scare you?
Don’t worry. 10,000 hours is a HUGE accomplishment. The people who’ve achieved it ended up being the world’s greatest at it (think The Beatles or Michael Jordan).
You need 10,000 hours of practice if you’re aiming to be the best in the world. But if you just want to be amazing at something, 5,000 hours should suffice. (so just cut all the years calculated by half)
But still, what I hope you’ve learned here is that mastering something takes HARD WORK, CONSISTENCY and DEDICATION.
And one very important detail is: don’t just mindlessly practice. Always think about what you’re doing and HOW you’re practicing. The better your practice, the faster you’ll improve.
And a good example of this would be someone just practicing the same song on the piano for 10,000 hours vs. someone who practiced multiple different songs played in different ways and in different pianos for 5,000 hours. The second person will be miles ahead of the first person (except when it comes to playing the one song the first person practiced for so long, obviously!).
When you try to master something, try to focus on one specific detail at a time. Like if you’re learning to play a song, identify the hardest part and focus on it first. Then move on to the rest of the song.
Always be patient and remember nobody masters anything without TIME. Give yourself the time to improve. And ALWAYS believe you’ll be good if you just keep practicing.
And of course, if you hire a personal tutor/coach/mentor, that will make you improve way, way, WAY faster. They will know best how you can learn the fastest.
Never stop hustling & never stop dreaming,
P.S. I’m a Life & Business Coach and I’d be happy to help you stay consistent with practicing every day to master your skill if you think you could use some help! You can check out my official website https://myupself.com/ for more information
(P.P.S. You can book a 100% free call with me!)