How to Learn a New Skill

How to Learn a New Skill

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do?  Ever been interested in learning how to play piano, how to snowboard, or how to deliver a great speech? These things to do take time, but they may not take as much time as you think.  In order to grow, you need to continually update your skill.  Overtime, you need to be constantly updating your skills so you remain valuable while the times change.  At first glance, learning a new skill looks daunting and seems like it will take a lot of work that you may not feel like investing. But by breaking it down to three smaller steps, you’ll see that it may not be as hard as you once thought.

 

Get Over the Mental Hump

Before even attempting to learn a new skill, or trying to adopt a lifestyle of just learning new things you need to have the proper mindset first.  The first thing you need to understand and fully accept is that learning a new skill is not easy.  In fact, it can be very challenging. But you have to accept and take it on straight on.  One of the best things you can do is pre-commit.  Mentally commit yourself to dedicating however much time it takes to learn the skill.  If you go in with a “dabbler’s mindset”, you’ll always seek the easy way, because you always had.  It’s better to assume the worst for yourself.  Plan to learn as if you know future is going to be lazy, unmotivated, and unwilling to put the work in.  By committing yourself to putting the work in and setting up your environment in a way that promote success; you’ll prevent failure.

Make it Specific

Why do you want to learn this skill?  Defining your goal will help you save a lot of time and energy every time.  There is a huge difference between the time it takes to become a world-class chef and being able to provide a quality meal for your family.  A great way to define this is by asking yourself, “What is the problem I’m trying to solve by learning this skill?” or “Why is the skill important to me?” Again if you’re learning to play the piano to play at your families next get together, you probably won’t need to put as much as work in as someone that wants to backup Bruno Mars on his next world tour.

Breakdown the Skill

Once you have your skill and you’ve made it as clear as possible, you need to make it even clearer than that.  Many big skills such as public speaking, playing the guitar, or even painting a portrait are just made up of smaller skills.  For example, I’m a blogger; however I don’t just blog.  I have to write, research, network, use social media, understand SEO, master WordPress, understand basic photo-editing skills, and apply basic development skills such as discipline and perseverance.  If you’re someone that wants to become a better blogger, focusing on each piece individually elevates you as a blogger in general.  The trick to doing this however is understanding that you don’t have to do everything.  The 80/20 rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of the work you do.  So, in the case of the blogger I would put a bigger focus on the 20% of skills that are more crucial to my success.

Practice!!!!!!!!!!

So you’ve specified the skill, then you broke it down into smaller skills.  What now?  From here, watch three videos online or read three books on the skill.  This will help you figure out what the most crucial skills/concepts are, then DROP THE BOOKS AND START PRACTICING.  You must understand that anything that stops you from deliberately practicing the skill is a distraction, and too much learning can be one of those distractions.  Your brain is muscle and like a muscle it must be worked and trained in order to perform better.  Like a muscle, you must also understand that you can’t get the all the results you want in the short-term. You must put the work in day-by-day and consistently and then you will get the results you are looking for. If you need assistance on creating the best days possible feel free to check out my previous post on daily planning here.

 

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Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

I think a visionary is one of the most mid understood occupations in the world today.  Anyone can be one, but not everyone can do it well.  Webster defines a visionary as “a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like”.  A visionary can also be used as an adjective where it would mean, “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.”  Again, by that definition anyone and everyone is a visionary.  But a true visionary doesn’t live his life by just thinking about the future, but by also taking the actions to change it for the better.  As one of my brothers once said, “There’s no use in being woke if you’re the only one that benefits from it.”  While you may have your great ideas, concepts, and ideologies; it’s all useless if you don’t actually do anything with.

There are three parts to every vision:The vision, communication, and execution.  The vision part is self-explanatory.  I really wanted to focus in on the second two parts   A visionary not only sees the future, they make others see it as well, and with the help of others they make it come to life.

Look no further than Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” to how much a well-communicated speech can move people to make change happen.  Prior to that day, there wasn’t one person know exactly what King’s picture for the future was.  However, after the fact it was clear as day to the 250,000 civil rights supporters that attended that day.  King was able to get his vision across to the supporters because he was able to do the five things you need to communicate as powerful as possible:

  1. Inspire
  2. Challenge
  3. Make it Clear
  4. Make it Task Specific
  5. Make it We Focused

When people understand your vision, they become inspired to do whatever it takes no matter whatever the challenge is.  By making it clear and making people feel involved; they go from hearing about it to becoming a part of it.  As Eddie Connor Jr. says, “Get to know people that are pro your vision because they will ensure your “provision”.

A vision & execution go hand in hand.  They stand together well alone, but when combined their effectiveness multiples.  Strategic execution is having everyone in your organization internalize your strategy in their daily thinking, actions and behaviors.  Think about the most influential people in history.  Their true power didn’t lie in what they themselves were able to accomplish, but with they were able to accomplish collectively with other people. As a visionary you must continue to remain focused.  Check out my blog post on how to improve your focus by clicking here to remain.  Once you have the vision and you have your team, it’s time to work!

 

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Goals. System. Follow Through.

Goals. System. Follow Through.

Money comes easy when you do two things

Simplify and organize. 

Allowing your money to  move beyond you and what you are able to control is a recipe for disaster. While life would be a lot better with a personal accountant who could just do all of that for us, majority of us don’t need that at all.  By knowing what you want to do with your money, with some simple planning and organization you’ll be able to get where you want in no time. Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with your system.  Eventually, I’ll go deeper into this but until then eat, breathe, and sleep this statement. “Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with the system.” Getting rid of the clutter, and clearing the path will make this journey a whole lot easier.

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

Happy New Year Family! I pray you all are as excited for the new year as I am.  2017 is going to be great year I can feel it.

With the new year coming in, you’ve most likely heard the saying “New Year, New Me”.  With the passing of the 2016, most of us want to look past it and start with a clean slate.  So with that being said, who is the “new you”?  While we do want to move past 2016, we forget to define what we want to be in 2017.  To put you on the right track, I wanted to discuss the concept of branding for a moment.

What is A Brand?  A Brand is a definition of who you are, through the eyes of others.  When you think about Nordstrom, what comes to mind?  When you think of Donald Trump, what comes to mind?  When you think about Apple, what comes to mind.  These experiences, feelings, and opinions you have about what I just named comes together to form a brand. Always remember, first impressions really do matter, but most of the time our brands are actually the ones that do the talking for us; and without the proper brand management theres a good chance your first impression wont be the best one.

If know anything about branding, you’ll most likely hear this word associated with companies such as Apple.  Right now, they have the most valuable brand, which in dollar terms comes out to about 154 billion dollars.  That have 154 billion dollars basically because they make their customers feel good about their products.  I don’t think this really merits any proof, just check out the thousands of people who line up waiting for the iPhone when it’s released.  How many times have you ever heard someone say “I would buy _____ cause it’s apple” or “Apple made _____ so it must be the legit”.

A brand is simply a promise that make you to anyone that would want something from you.  So for the year of 2017 what will be your brand?  Instead of just hoping 2017 is good year, let’s make it a good one.

13 Lists That You Need to Make Today

13 Lists That You Need to Make Today

Being the “thinking soul” that I am, I love to create and innovate all the time and I’ve found that making lists is the perfect way of making sure that I keep track with all of those ideas.  You can literally make a list for just about anything, but I want to make a list (see what I did there) of things that I think you need to really need to make sure you get down as soon as possible.  Make sure you get an app like Evernote or your standard note taking app or even a regular notebook and starting listing now.

Products/Idea that you want to build eventually

What’s that idea you’ve dreaming about?

Talent to keep my eyes on

Who’s caught your eye lately? Who’s someone you could see yourself working with?

Things to Learn

What’s something you’re interested in learning?

Books to Read

List some books that you’re interested in reading.

Future Business Ideas

What’s that business idea that you keep daydreaming about?

Pending Conversation Agendas

Do you have any important talks or meetings coming up? Create an agenda to be prepared

Short-Term Product Tasks

Once you decide to start working on an idea, what are some things you can do now to improve it?

Long-Term CEO Projects

What are some long term projects that will help move your business forward in the long run?

Short-Term CEO Projects

What are short term projects that will help move your business forward in the long run?

People to “Update”

Who are the people I need to keep in the loop?

CEO Friends

Doesn’t necessarily have to be CEOs.  But who are the people tyou knowing performing at the highest level in their given industry?

Potential Partners

Who are people that you want to work with eventually?

Existing Partners

Who are the people that you’re working with now?

 

Are there any other lists that I’m missing? Comment and share your list ideas below.

Focus

Focus

Delivering when it matters is essential to taking yourself to the next level.  All the development, the practice, and exercises mean nothing if you can’t deliver when you have to.  Of course, this is a lot harder than it sounds.  There will be times when you short.   There are somepeople who can boast a reputation of making the mark most of the time, there aren’t too many people who make the mark all of the time. In order to improve your percentage in the clutch, you just have to improve your focus.  I truly believe that if you lock yourself 100% to the task at hand, then your chances for missing the mark are slim to none.  Honestly, sometimes it’s all about forgetting about that really really really really really really big circle, and making your mind only see the small bullseye.

As an NBA superstar in the making, I’m all about improving my game.  (I’m still waiting on my call from the Knicks)  You don’t need to be on my magnitude of basketball prowess to know however to know that the most “clutchest” moments are the big threes or fadeaway jumper as many would assume.  It’s the free throws.  Why you ask? Simply because while those shots are great and hard to make, free throws are easy and simple.  The perceived ease is what makes them so difficult.  With the big “three pointer with two defenders in his face with his eyes closed” shot, you could miss and everyone would be like “that was a tough shot, he had to do what he had to do though”.  When you miss your free throws that’s when everyone will start questioning if you really think ball is life.

Here’s what I’ve learned about hitting free throws that I’m confident you can take and apply:

BREATHE!

Breathing helps you regain composure , it helps you stay solid.  You find that breathing 2-3 times before getting the job helps you the job done.  I don’t know the science behind it, but it sure does work.  If you need some extra fire power, pray.   God will give you peace when you need it the most.  He’s what you call a clutch guru.

Don’t focus to much on the technical. Flow!

When it comes time to deliver you can’t be focusing on what you practiced, you have to focusing on flowing. Practicing is when you focus on the technical stuff, that puts your body and mind in a position to produce at will.  Focusing on technical instead of letting your mind reproduce what you’ve already spent time practicing is usually a sure fire recipe for disaster.

Stay focused on the task at hand

If you’ve ever watched a big game that was decided by free throws, you’ll see that if the player isn’t playing at home they’ll do everything in their power to get him out of his rhythm.  They throw up signs, they yell, they talk trash, they boo, they do that clap thing with the clappers because they know that if the player shooting does so much as glance over for a second it’s game over.  That’s why it’s important to focus solely on the task at hand, never give distractions any room in your head to sit down and get cozy.

#Takeaways from “The Way of the Superior Man”

#Takeaways from “The Way of the Superior Man”

I took the time this week to re-read a classic by David Deida and really thought I should share it. If you haven’t heard of or read this book then you should really consider doing it.  The author addresses a good amount of topics, but pretty much focuses on a man and his personal life & his relationships. I took some of the most important points (to me) out of the book and listed them here, however, I would really encourage to take a look at it if you can.

When discussing something with your girlfriend/wife stay firm in what you what you believe

Don’t change your mind based on your girlfriend/spouse.  Take what she says into account and make a decision based off of that, but don’t let her make all of the decisions.  The consequences of those decisions will be on you regardless of what you choose in the long-run.  Women desire someone that can make decisions.

Purpose>Relationship

Women are attracted to a man that walks in his purpose.  Don’t sacrifice working on your purpose for your girlfriend/spouse or you will lose the one thing that made her attractive to you in the first place.

Never forget your bros

Have a talk with some of your guys once in a while (the book says once a week) about what you’re doing in your life and what you want to, but are afraid of doing.

What do women want?

You girlfriend/spouse doesn’t want to think that you NEED her.  You should be able to handle yourself.  No matter how much she test you, no matter how much she scares you, or no matter how much she tries to move you.  If she tests you and you fail, she will consider you to be weak, which leads to her trusting you less.

Why doesn’t she ever know what she wants to eat?

A girl is rarely ever talking about the topic at hand.  She’s just addressing her current feelings.  If she doesn’t know what she wants, she really doesn’t know.  She just knows what she feels at that actual moment, which could change the very next second.

Focus on the Love

One thing people tend to do in a relationship is tolerate someone.  Tolerating someone always leads to resentment.  Just continue to love one another and and she will open up back up to you.

You always start at Zero

Don’t think your excellent track record will work when she’s upset.  What matters now, is the situation at hand.  Just restore love and happiness into the situation.

Focus on the Love Pt. 2

Hang this one up on your wall or something: Whenever she is in a bad mood, just make the assumption she is not loved.

It’s all on you bro

A girl’s greatest desire in a relationship to feel as though she always being led.  She wants you to be able to do it without her asking or having to figure it out.  Anytime you talk to her and expect her to analyze her mood and situation to the point of being able to fix it, you’re talking to her like one of the guys.  She can do it, but if she’s upset it’s probably not the best way to go about fixing it.

Which one of these do you think you could see yourself putting into practice first?  Let me know in the comments below.