To be brilliant,
We need to be deliberate about practicing and doing so on a daily basis.
deliberate — meaning we have to find the most impactful thing of the skill to learn — what’s going to get us to brilliance more efficiently.
For guitar, it’s learning scales.
For language, it’s learning the most frequently used words. (or if possible, immersion).
For programming, it’s problem solving and puzzles.
And then we keep practicing at an uncomfortable level — always just past our current skill level.
Practice Every day — Even if all you have to give is five minutes.
Five minutes is better than no minutes.
5 min a day = 35 min / wk
2 hrs / mo —
28 hrs / yr —
140 hrs / 5 yrs —
700 hrs / 10 yrs — And that’s just Five minutes!
This is the Renaissance Way
‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’ Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?