Learn Any Skill In 20 Hours

I recently watched a TED talk by Josh Kaufman that said you can learn anything in 20 hours. He made the very valid point that most people give up on things too soon because the early stages of learning a new skill make them feel stupid (and nobody likes to feel stupid.) 20 hours!? So I can learn something in a day? Probably not. I've seen this trick used in book titles "Learn to write an iPhone app in 24 hours." When you open it you see there are 24 chapters each of which takes about an hour Read more [...]

First Impressions Count (but not that much)

I'm very comfortable sitting at home on my own with my laptop working on a project. I don't have to deal with other people and everything is under my control. That's how it's been since August writing the code for PolyNome. The same can apply to practicing drums in your garage. You have all the time in the world to work on whatever you want to work on. There's no pressure and you can enjoy the process of getting as good as you dream of. PolyNome is finally ready to release and I find myself Read more [...]

The Illusion Of Knowledge

Did you know you have a blind spot?  When you look at the world there's a small part of the image that your brain is inventing to fill in the gap in your retina created by the connection of your optic nerve. Check out the example on this page to see part of the world disappear... You Don't See The Holes Take any subject you know about.  There will be certain things that you know, certain things you don't know, and a huge amount of stuff you don't know you don't know.  The problem is the Read more [...]

How To Remove The Stress From Learning

I recently decided to tackle learning to cook.  For years I've said I'm not bothered about cooking, or that I'm no good at it (see previous article).  The biggest challenge I have is motivating myself to stick at it. I've begun to analyse what it is that stops me from tackling this.  I've come to a few conclusions about how to make this process enjoyable. 1. Re-frame the topic If I think of cooking as something that stresses me out (which it usually does) then it's hard to convince myself Read more [...]