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This is an example of a book that should have been a blog post. You could probably read my notes and have learned what this book has to offer.
What is rapid skill acquisition?
Breaking the skills down into small parts and finding the most important parts, and deliberately practicing them.
If you want to get food at anything where real live performance matters, you have to actually practice that skill in context. Study, by itself, is never enough.
The three stage model of skill acquisition
Ten principles of rapid skill acquisition
Target performance level = define how good is good enough.
A specific, single, sentence.
"A problem well stated is a problem half solves" - Charles Kettering.
You can't rely on willpower to push through barriers.
You must make time, because you won't just find time.
The best forms of feedback are near instantaneous.
Recording yourself works. Coaches too.
Emphasize quantity and speed, but make sure that your form, at least, is good enough. Good enough to pass your target performance level standards.
10 Principles of Effective Learning
Research the skill and related topics
Jump in over your head
Identify mental models and mental hooks
Imagine the opposite of what you want
Eliminate distractions in your environment
Use spaced repetition and reinforcement for memorization
Create scaffolds and checklists
Sleep is incredibly important in order to learn anything.
Deliberate practice is necessary in order to improve.
"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton