Why two weeks, specifically? Well, most Nigerian University students are on a two-week break (not counting those students that would like to add weeks or even months to their own sha. Hehe.)
Anyways, you must probably be living under a rock or something if you don’t know that not having a skill currently puts you at an extreme disadvantage in the money and opportunity market.
Now, I’ll be giving you basic steps you’d need to apply if you want to learn any new skill in two weeks—I’m sure it will help.
Pick the Right Skill.
Granted there are many skills out there that appeal to your interest. Ignore the temptation to start wishing and actually sit down to pick one. Ask yourself; Is it something I’m passionate about? Will learning the skill solve a problem I currently have? Or does learning the skill apply directly to my life, or what I’m going to do in the next few years?
If you answer Yes to at least two of those questions, chances are you’ll find the right motivation to persevere until you learn them.
Set Specific Goals; Include a Deadline.
Learning a new skill requires that you write down specific and time-bound objectives. It won’t do that your goal statement is “I want to learn to code.” Consider “I want to learn CSS positioning so I can redesign some elements of my website.”
In setting a deadline, use Parkinson’s Law to your advantage: The longer you give yourself to learn the skill, the more work you’ll end up doing to acquire it. Also, the opposite is true: The less time you give yourself to learn a skill, the less work you’ll have to do in order to earn it.
Kill the Talent Myth.
For years, people have believed that talent is innate, that is, it’s either you have it or you don’t. in recent years, scientists have discovered that talent is less about genes and more about taking action.
Aim for Good Enough.
You may have heard that it takes 10,000 hours to learn a new skill. That’s completely false. Putting that in the right perspective, it takes 10,000 hours to become “world-class” at any given skill. While learning a new skill, take it one-step at a time. Your aim shouldn’t be world class. But being “good enough.”
Apply the Pareto Principle.
Apply the Pareto Principle.
Also known as the 80/20 rule: 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. When learning a new skill, identify those sub-skills that will give you 80% or more of the outcome that you want.
For example, if you wish to learn to play the guitar, or keyboard, something you can do is learn those few chords that will allow you to play many different songs. Deacon, a fictitious country music singer in a show called “Nashville” even has this to say, “All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth.”
Okay. Cause this is getting a bit long, amma stop right here. Anticipate the #ParTWO.