Becoming an expert at something can seem complicated and unattainable, but it doesn’t have to be. Forget about all the details for a minute and simplify your approach down to the basic requirements.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas A. Edison
Follow this brief guide to become an expert in any skill or field you desire:
2. Practice (and don’t wait too long after learning begins)
3. Constantly challenge yourself
4. Measure your progress often
5. Repeat until skill is achieved
Increase the levels of #1, #2 and #3 if progress isn’t as quick as you want.
This approach works best if you set expectations based on your goals before you begin.
To become an elite expert (one of the best in the world), you might need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice or more.
To become expert enough to accomplish more modest goals, you might need 100 hours for a very basic level of proficiency, or 1,000 hours to offer services on an entry-level professional basis, for example.
In any case, hard work and dedicated practice is the key to gaining expertise.