How to learn fast and master any skill you want

How to learn fast and master any skill you want

Mastering a skill requires both theory and practice. Theory is important, because if you’re all about the “doing,” you’ll waste energy doing the wrong things. And practice is important because, well, you can read 50 books about sales (for instance) and still crash and burn on your first customer call.

According to best-selling author Greg Wingard (The Red Bucket Strategy and Guaranteed Success), your mind goes through six specific stages when mastering a skill–three in the “theory” segment, and three in the “practice” segment.

The Theory Segment

  • Unawareness: You are unaware that there is a skill to be learned.
  • Awareness: You realize you need to learn that skill.
  • Clarification: You understand what you need to do differently.

The Practice Segment

  • Awkwardness: You attempt the new behavior and find it difficult.
  • Familiarity: The new behavior is easier but still not automatic.
  • Automatic: You no longer think about the behavior but simply do it.

It’s when you reach that sixth stage that you have mastered a skill. Up until that point, the skill requires requires constant and consistent practice. After that point, however, the skill is automatic, like riding a bike. You may get a bit rusty, but the skill is always there for you to draw upon.

For example, when my father, who played concert piano, went back to college in his 40s, he spent three years without access to a piano. But when he graduated and finally bought a piano, he was back where he’d been as a pianist within about a month.

That’s a personal example, but the same is true in business as well. Your value in the business world is directly tied to the number of skills you’ve been able to master. It’s those automatic skills that represent your value over your competitors–who are hopefully struggling with the hurly-burly of steps 1 through 5.

The amount and time and effort it takes reach mastery varies according to the complexity of the skill.

Suppose, for instance, that you want to change a habitual negative thought (like “I’m not that good with people”) to a positive alternative (like “people really like me when they get to know me”). That kind of change can be accomplished in less than two weeks, simply through five minutes of daily affirmations.

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By contrast, changing something major, like your eating habits, can take a commitment of an hour or more a day for six months to a year, or even longer. The reason that so many people never master their diet is that they never reach the point where healthy eating is automatic.

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What You’re Up Against

Practicing a new skill until you reach Stage 6 requires single-minded focus. Unfortunately, that kind of focus is difficult to achieve in today’s business word for two reasons. First, there’s the problem of distraction. Life is full of interruptions constantly vying for your attention.

Second, most people over-commit. When people attempt to make changes in multiple areas of their life, it becomes difficult or impossible to focus on a single change long enough to reach stage 6.

Think how many times you’ve heard somebody say: “Starting tomorrow, every day I’m going to run three miles, lift weights, drink eight glasses of water, stop smoking, stop drinking coffee . and eat 50 percent less fat.”

Yeah, right. I’m sure that will happen. The likelihood that anyone can keep up that regimen for more than a few days (let alone reach stage 6 on any element of the regimen) is practically nil.

To overcome distraction, set aside a very small amount of time each day–hopefully less than 10 minutes–to focus on the change in behavior that you seek. If it’s more time than that, the reality is that other priorities will probably intrude.

To overcome the pesky problem of over-commitment, pick a single skill that you wish to master and then focus on that until it becomes automatic. Then move to the next skill.

5 Important Steps

If you want to change a certain behavior, use these steps to make create a practice regimen that, over time, will make it automatic. With that in mind, here are five simple steps to carry you through all six stages:

1. Script the new behavior. Write down exactly what you’d like your new behavior to be. Be specific and make it quantifiable. Example: I will make 10 cold calls every workday prior to 10am.

2. Practice it . perfectly. The homily “practice makes perfect” is itself imperfect. In fact, “perfect practice makes perfect.” To hard-wire a behavior, you must push yourself to repeat it religiously–and correctly.

3. Rebound and fix. You will probably stumble and forget at first. Pick yourself up and keep going. Don’t let a temporary setback turn into an excuse to fail. Stick with it, despite setbacks.

4. Accelerate through mental rehearsal. The behavior will become automatic more quickly if you take extra time to imagine yourself doing the behavior, thus creating a positive outcome.

5. Make it part of your identity. Turn the behavior into a character attribute that’s part of who you are and what you value. Example: “I’m the cold-calling champion of the region.”

Follow those steps successively for each skill. Over time, your breadth of mastery will exceed your highest expectations.

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We all have certain skills we’re particularly good at and may have been perfecting since childhood—things like art, cooking or fixing electronic gadgets. But as we age, we become painfully aware of our shortcomings and might decide we want to take up a new hobby and learn new things.

Life tends to get in the way—after all, who has the time to become fluent in a language, learn a new instrument, start performing house repairs, or get certified as a personal trainer? With all the knowledge online though, learning is more accessible than ever. Here are 10 of the most highly-desired skills that you can teach yourself.

Repair just about anything

Repair just about anything

You might not need to repair anything anymore—maybe you can afford to just pay someone else to do it—but where’s the ingenuity in that? Plus, who wants to waste a bunch of money on simple tasks you can handle on your own? If you’ve adopted the DIY spirit, learning to repair your own stuff is one of the easiest and more rewarding skills you can acquire. It’s especially fruitful because as you learn new things, you can put them to use right away.

So how do you teach yourself? We’ve outlined tons of repairs you can learn on your own to get you started, but if you’re looking for something specific, there’s no shortage of how-to videos available on YouTube. You’ll find everything from home repairs to outdoor repairs , plumbing repairs and even electrical repairs . There will be occasions when you do need to call a professional, as you’re not going to be a master repairperson instantly. But do remember that every time something breaks, it’s an opportunity to learn how to fix it.

Pick up an artistic skill

Pick up an artistic skill

Although it won’t often earn you the big bucks, artistic skills are highly desired because they provide you with the technical abilities required to create something beautiful. You’re going to have to find your own inspiration and subject matter, but the skill you’ll need is really just a matter of technical aptitude and practice.

Picking up a book of anatomy and drawing different bones and muscles will teach you how to draw people. Drawing grids over photographs can show you basic perspective. Obviously it isn’t as simple as that, but focusing on learning to draw one simple thing, like the petals of a flower or the human hand, will help you learn how it works and get in a reasonable amount of practice. When you’re ready to move on from the basics and start illustrating on your computer, check out some digital painting lessons . Those of you interested in photography can find lessons for that , too.

Whatever you’re looking to learn, just set aside 15-30 minutes every day to practice a very small part of that skill. It’ll take a while to teach yourself how to draw, paint, take better photos, make hamburger sculptures out of clay, or whatever it is you want to do, but breaking the daunting task into pieces and practicing each part slowly will help get you there. Plus, it’s a really nice way to unwind at the end of the day.

How to learn fast and master any skill you want

How To Learn Anything… Fast!

by Josh Kaufman, #1 bestselling business author

A practitioner’s guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing the most important elements first, and removing barriers to deliberate practice. What do you want to learn?

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“As a father of three, practicing neurosurgeon, and global journalist, I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands. The First 20 Hours is a practical guide to learning beyond our mid-20s, when our brains are fully developed. Josh’s book will inspire you to pick up forgotten hobbies and chase elusive dreams.”

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Forget the “10,000 hour rule”. what if it’s possible to learn any new skill in 20 hours or less?

Take a moment to consider how many things you want to learn to do. What’s on your list? What’s holding you back from getting started? Are you worried about the time and effort it takes to acquire new skills – time you don’t have and effort you can’t spare?

Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to develop a new skill to mastery. In this nonstop world, who has that kind of time?

To make matters worse, the early hours of practicing something new are always the most frustrating. That’s why it’s difficult to learn how to speak a new language, play an instrument, hit a golf ball, or shoot great photos. It’s so much easier to watch TV or surf the web…

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you’ll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well.

This method isn’t theoretical: it’s field-tested. Kaufman invites readers to join him as he field tests his approach by learning to program a Web application, play the ukulele, practice yoga, re-learn to touch type, get the hang of windsurfing, and study the world’s oldest and most complex board game.

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When practicing and learning a new skill, making slight changes during repeat practice sessions may help people master the skill faster than practicing the task in precisely the same way, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

In a study of 86 healthy volunteers asked to learn a computer-based motor skill, those who quickly adjusted to a modified practice session the second time around performed better than when repeating their original task, the researchers found. The results support the idea that a process called reconsolidation, in which existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge, plays a key role in the strengthening of motor skills, says senior study author Pablo A. Celnik, M.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row,” says Celnik. The work, described in the Jan. 28 edition of the journal Current Biology, has implications not only for leisure skills, like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport, but also for helping patients with stroke and other neurological conditions regain lost motor function, he says.

“Our results are important because little was known before about how reconsolidation works in relation to motor skill development. This shows how simple manipulations during training can lead to more rapid and larger motor skill gains because of reconsolidation,” says Celnik. “The goal is to develop novel behavioral interventions and training schedules that give people more improvement for the same amount of practice time.”

For the study, volunteers came to Celnik’s laboratory to learn and perform an isometric pinch task over the course of two or three 45-minute sessions. This entailed squeezing a device called a force transducer to move a computer cursor across a monitor. The screen test featured five windows and a “home space.” Participants were asked to move the cursor from home to the various windows in a set pattern as quickly and accurately as possible.

The volunteers were randomly assigned to one of three groups. The first group completed a typical training schedule where after the initial training session, they repeated the exact same training lesson six hours later — based on previous studies, the amount of time believed needed to consolidate memories from the first session — and again the next day. The second group performed the first practice session and, after six hours, completed a second training session in which Celnik and colleagues had tweaked the test so that the force needed to be changed ever so slightly in every trial. In this manner, individuals had to constantly adjust their performance despite not being aware of the subtle modifications. The next day, these participants returned to the lab and were asked to repeat the same task they were given during the first session. The third “control” group performed the exact same task just once each day, skipping the second training session altogether.

Celnik says the gains in performance, such as a speedier and more accurate completion of the task, nearly doubled among those in the second group, who were given the altered second session, compared to those in the first group, who repeated the same task.

Highest gains were seen among those subjects who were able to quickly adapt to the change in conditions. Participants in the third group, who skipped the second session, performed approximately 25 percent worse than those in the first group.

Celnik says the alterations in training have to be small, something akin to slightly adjusting the size or weight of a baseball bat, tennis racket or soccer ball in between practice sessions. Current studies by Celnik’s team, still underway and not yet published, suggest that changing a practice session too much, like playing badminton in between tennis bouts, brings no significant benefit to motor learning.

“If you make the altered task too different, people do not get the gain we observed during reconsolidation,” he says. “The modification between sessions needs to be subtle.”

Study co-authors were Nicholas F. Wymbs and Amy J. Bastian, Ph.D., P.T.

This research was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development under grant number R01HD073147 and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award under grant number T32-NRSA.

How to learn fast and master any skill you want

There’s a right way to learn

Want to be more successful? Actually, that’s not ambitious enough — want to be the best?

I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the “10,000 hour rule” is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn.

Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way.

So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:

1) Be uncomfortable

You learn best when you’re reaching. “Flow” is great. But flow is not the best way to learn.

You want to be stretched to the edge of your ability. It needs to be hard. That’s how your brain grows.

We learn when we’re in our discomfort zone. When you’re struggling, that’s when you’re getting smarter. The more time you spend there, the faster you learn. It’s better to spend a very, very high quality ten minutes, or even ten seconds, than it is to spend a mediocre hour. You want to practice where you are on the edge of your ability, reaching over and over again, making mistakes, failing, realizing those mistakes and reaching again.

More on the best way for you to practice here.

2) Stop reading. Start doing.

Keep the “Rule of Two-Thirds” in mind. Spend only one third of your time studying.

The other two-thirds of your time you want to be doing the activity. Practicing. Testing yourself.

Get your nose out of that book. Avoid the classroom. Whatever it is you want to be the best at, be doing it.

The closer your practice is to the real thing, the faster you learn.

Our brains evolved to learn by doing things, not by hearing about them. This is one of the reasons that, for a lot of skills, it’s much better to spend about two thirds of your time testing yourself on it rather than absorbing it. There’s a rule of two thirds. If you want to, say, memorize a passage, it’s better to spend 30 percent of your time reading it, and the other 70 percent of your time testing yourself on that knowledge.

More on how to shift from reading to doing here.

3) The sweet spot

You want to be successful 60 to 80 percent of the time when training. That’s the sweet spot for improvement.

When learning is too hard, we quit. When it’s too easy… well, we quit then too.

Always be upping the challenge to stay in that 60 to 80 percent zone.

You don’t want to be succeeding 40 percent of the time. That’s flailing around. You don’t want to be succeeding 95 percent of the time. That’s too easy. You want to constantly be toggling, adjusting the environment so that you’re succeeding 60 to 80 percent of the time.

More on how to find your sweet spot for learning here.

4) Commit to the long term

Asking someone “How long are you going to be doing this?” was the best predictor of how skilled that person would end up being.

Merely committing to the long haul had huge effects.

The question that ended up being the most predictive of skill was “How long are you going to be doing this?” Commitment was the difference maker. The people who combined commitment with a little bit of practice, their skills went off the charts.

Commit to the long haul. Don’t give up. Even works for mice:

More on how long term commitment can take you to the next level here.

5) Find a role model

Watching the best people work is one of the most powerful things you can do.

It’s motivating, inspiring and it’s how you were built to learn. Study the best to be the best.

When we stare at someone we want to become and we have a really clear idea of where we want to be, it unlocks a tremendous amount of energy. We’re social creatures, and when we get the idea that we want to join some enchanted circle up above us, that is what really lights up motivation. “Look, they did it. I can do it.” It sounds very basic, but spending time staring at the best can be one of the most powerful things you do.

More on finding the best mentor for you here.

6) Naps are steroids for your brain

Napping isn’t for the lazy. It’s one of the habits of the most successful people in any field.

Sleep is essential to learning. Naps are a tool that will make you the best.

Napping is a high performance activity. If you looked into the habits of highly successful people you would see a lot of naps, a lot of recovery. It’s sort of our brains’ janitorial service. It helps us clean out the stuff we don’t want. It also helps us work on ideas while we’re asleep. Top performers use sleep as a tool.

More on how astronauts use sleep to increase performance here.

7) Keep a notebook

Eminem keeps a journal. Peyton Manning keeps a journal.

Top performers track their progress, set goals, reflect, and learn from their mistakes.

Most people who are taking an ownership role in their talent development use this magical tool called a notebook. Keep a performance journal. If you want to get better, you need a map, and that journal is that map. You can write down what you did today, what you tried to do, where you made mistakes. It’s a place to reflect. It’s a place to capture information. It’s a place to be able to track your progress. It’s one of the most underused yet powerful tools that I could imagine anybody using.

More on how to use a notebook to be your best here.

If you only remember two words From this…

Dan says the two key words are “Reach” and “Stare.”

Reach: Always push yourself to the edge of your ability.

Stare: Look at those better than you and emulate them.

I would say, “Reach. Get out on the edge of your ability. Get into your discomfort zone and reach past that.” And I would say, “Stare. Find somebody you want to be in two years, three years, five years, and stare at that person. See what they’re doing. See exactly what they’re doing, and steal that. Steal from them.”

Sum up

Sadly, you weren’t born an expert.

But you can become one with practice and time. Start now. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve:

I’ll be sending out more tips from Dan in my weekly email.

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These days, typing can seem like it is not such an important skill as it once was. For example, we are becoming increasingly used to talking to our machines with the advances being made by Google Home, Alexa, Cortana, and Siri.

But typing remains a fundamental skill, and it is still one of the most important computer skills you can learn. Learning to type fast and accurately will help you in many ways in life, and it should be considered an essential skill for anyone who sees themselves working with a computer in some capacity (which is most people!)

Here are a few of the reasons why learning how to type fast is so beneficial in general life and in work.

Save Time

Typing is something most of us will have to do a lot of in our jobs. Whether you work in an office or not, you will probably end up having to type on a computer keyboard on a weekly or even daily basis.

It stands to reason that the faster you can type, the more time you will save.

When you are tasked with typing up a report, or even when you have to send an email, if you can do so quickly while remaining accurate, you could end up saving a lot of time.

Just think of all those emails most people send every day. Add up the time you can save typing up each email, and over the weeks and months that could add up to a lot of saved time.

Be More Productive

Everyone is looking for ways to be more productive both in the workplace and at home, and typing faster is a simple way to get more done.

If you learn to double the speed you type, you can essentially get twice as much done in the same space of time.

Employers might even want to ensure their employees are trained up in touch-typing due to the productivity boost it could lead to.

And if you are an employee, you could learn how to increase your typing speed to impress your boss, or you can simply give yourself more time to spend on other things.

Improve Your Posture

Posture may not be the first thing you think about when you decide to increase your typing speed, but it can certainly benefit.

No matter whether you can touch type or not, you will still spend a lot of your time typing in almost any office-based role. Everyone knows that sitting down at your desk for long periods of time without a break is bad for your posture, so it makes sense to reduce the amount of time you sit down.

If a lot of your time sitting at your desk is spent typing, you might be able to improve your posture and your health by increasing your typing speed. This will mean less time spent typing at your desk, and that will lead to more time spent standing up and stretching so as not to hurt your back, neck, and shoulders.

When you learn to touch type, you will also learn about correct typing posture. It’s very important to sit up properly in order to stop your neck from becoming stiff and prevent your wrists from causing you pain. You will become more aware of correct posture when you learn to type properly, and you also won’t have to keep looking down at your keyboard, which gives your neck a break and reduces aching.

Improve Your Focus

Another benefit of learning to type faster is that you will not have to look at the keyboard and think about where your fingers are going. Once you are typing fast, you will be able to look directly at the screen, and your fingers will type without you even thinking about the movements.

This means that you will be able to improve your focus. Every time you look down and try to find a key, you are losing concentration, so you will be able to focus more on what you are trying to say than the actual letters that you are typing.

So learn how to type properly and improve your focus, which will lead to a better flow and your thoughts won’t be interrupted as much.

Better Accuracy

Learning to touch type is not just about learning how to type faster: It’s also about learning how to type with greater accuracy.

If you use an online tool like to help you learn to type faster, it will also highlight your mistakes in the moment so you can focus on reducing them.

That means you will spend less time checking for mistakes in your writing and correcting them, saving you yet more time and making less work for you. It will also mean that there is less chance that mistakes will sneak through into the final version of the document.

Find More Opportunities

Finally, because touch-typing is such a useful skill that boosts productivity in the workplace, it can help you to find more and better opportunities when it comes to getting a job.

When applying for a job, being able to type fast and accurately is going to put you at a big advantage. Employers like to know that their employees can type properly because it will make them more productive and improve the accuracy of their work.

So make sure you clearly state your word per minute (WPM) on your resume to impress prospective employers, and you may find that more opportunities come your way.

Learn to Type Faster

Learning to type faster will provide you with all of these benefits and more, and it really should be considered an essential skill.

Even though more of us are talking into our phones and computers these days, typing is still certain to play an important role in our lives for many years to come, so learning how to type is never a waste of time.

The great thing about typing is that it is not difficult to learn, and anyone can learn with a bit of dedication and practice. So start learning today, and enjoy all the benefits that faster and more accurate typing brings.

About the Author

Josh Scott works as a careers consultant and has experience working with students as well as older people looking to make a major career change.

The key to learning a new motor skill – such as playing the piano or mastering a new sport – isn’t necessarily how many hours you spend practising, but the way you practise, according to a 2016 study.

Scientists have found that by subtly varying your training, you can keep your brain more active throughout the learning process, and halve the time it takes to get up to scratch.

The research goes somewhat against the old assumption that simply repeating a motor skill over and over again – for example, practising scales on the piano or playing the same level on your game over and over again – was the best way to master it.

Instead, it turns out there might be a quicker (and more enjoyable) way to level up.

“What we found is if you practise a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practising the exact same thing multiple times in a row,” said lead researcher Pablo Celnik, from Johns Hopkins University.

The researchers figured this out by getting 86 volunteers to learn to a new skill – moving a cursor on a computer screen by squeezing a small device, instead of using a mouse.

The volunteers were split into three groups, and each spent 45 minutes practising this.

Six hours later, one of the groups was asked to repeat the same training exercise again, while another group performed a slightly different version that required different squeezing force to move the cursor.

The third group only completed the first training session, so they could act as a control.

At the end of the training period, everyone was tested on how accurately and quickly they could perform the new skill, and predictably, the control group did the worst after their one training session.

But the surprise was that the group that had repeated the original training session actually did worse on the test compared to those who had mixed things up and trained in new areas – in fact, the group that modified their training did twice as well as those who’d repeated the original skill.

So how does that work?

The researchers believe it’s due to something called reconsolidation, which is a process whereby existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge. It’s long been suggested that reconsolidation could help to strengthen motor skills, but this is one of the first experiments to test that hypothesis.

This is also why the researchers gave the participants a 6-hour gap between training session – earlier neurological research has shown that’s how long it takes for our memories to reconsolidate.

“Our results are important because little was known before about how reconsolidation works in relation to motor skill development. This shows how simple manipulations during training can lead to more rapid and larger motor skill gains because of reconsolidation,” said Celnik.

“The goal is to develop novel behavioural interventions and training schedules that give people more improvement for the same amount of practise time.”

Although there’s benefit in mixing things up with your practise, Celnik said the key was adjusting things subtly – for example, adjusting the size or weight of a baseball bat, tennis racket or soccer ball in between practise sessions.

“If you make the altered task too different, people do not get the gain we observed during reconsolidation. The modification between sessions needs to be subtle,” he added.

Although these results are pretty exciting, this study has only tested one particular skill-set, and so further research needs to be done to confirm the findings.

But if true, finding an easy way to double the rate at which people can learn new motor skills would be a huge deal.

In addition to helping us all tick off our 2016 resolutions in half the time – hello, finally mastering Debussy’s Clair de Lune – there are more altruistic impacts of the research.

The study has “strong implications for rehabilitation”, the authors write in Current Biology.

For example, the new information could help amputees learn to use their prostheses faster, or speed up the recover of people who’ve suffered from spinal injuries or stroke.

How to learn fast and master any skill you want

As 2018 rapidly approaches, everyone is thinking about New Years’ resolutions. Some people like to make the point that resolutions can be made all-year long, and that’s totally valid. But even though we shouldn’t need a new year to work on ourselves, and even though resolutions can seem cliché, this time of year really is a great opportunity to start fresh and look forward to what we want to accomplish in the coming year.

I like to make a few resolutions each year, but there’s one that I keep every single year: Keep learning. More specifically – challenge yourself to learn a new skill every year – one that’s significant (i.e. something else other than being able to balance your fidget spinner on your nose). More importantly, I’m not just talking about my own industry. Of course, everyone should strive to keep on top of their respective industries’ trends and learn the new skills that become necessary as technology progresses. But this resolution is literally just about learning. Learning anything new.

On a physiological level, learning new things is good for your brain. According to CCSU Business & Development, practicing a new skill increases the density of your myelin, or the white matter in your brain that helps improve performance on a number of tasks. Additionally, learning new skills stimulates neurons in the brain, which forms more neural pathways and allows electrical impulses to travel faster across them. The combination of these two things helps you learn better. It can even help you stave off dementia.

Learning a new skill is pretty much how I decided what I wanted to do with my life. Growing up in Canada, ice hockey was my passion. Flying down the ice made me feel, well, like I could fly, and more than anything, it was fun.

But when I fractured my knee, I couldn’t play ice hockey anymore. If you didn’t know, the sport is pretty rough, so continuing with that was out. And with the injury, any sort of athletic activity was totally off the table. I wound up spending a lot of time in my room, on my computer, which is when I learned how to design. This led me to starting my first business in web design, and the rest is history.

Recently, I learned how to scuba dive. I had always been fascinated by new environments. The idea of being able to breathe underwater was exhilarating to me. The course was not long, only a couple days. It covered the standard stuff – safety measures, basic skills on how to handle your equipment, and what to do in an emergency. The instructors were more focused on getting us in the water as soon as possible. There was no way to read about the mindset you needed to be in while underwater. The biggest lesson I learned was around not panicking when panic felt so natural. They intentionally make you take off your gear and mask underwater. They show you what to do when you run out of air. It’s all designed to make you feel comfortable, and to not panic and struggle – which will only use more air and make your time under the surface more and more limited. What did I take away from this? That in any line of work, there is no reason to panic. That it will only make everyone around you panic. That there is almost always a way out, even if the solution is atypical.

Acquire a New Mindset

Not only did these lessons serve as a strong reminder to an important mindset to have in business and in life, they also helped me recharge my mind. Even though we always think of recharging as synonymous with relaxation, sometimes to best way to recharge is to throw yourself into something that takes your mind off of the day to day. I didn’t go into scuba diving thinking it would make me a better problem solver, or help me overcome inhibitions in my work or anything like that. But naturally, learning something entirely new, without the pressure of it being directly correlated to my career, refreshed my mind and helped me think of things differently.

So when you’re looking forward to the new year, think about something totally amazing that you want to learn more about. Maybe you want to learn how to cook or master a new language. Whatever it is, and regardless of its direct application to your career, learning something new can only help you. New year, new skills.

Have you grown frustrated with trying to learn from books, software, or cheap introductory videos with little useful content?

Learn & Master Drums is more than just a cursory course to teach the elementary skills of playing drums. If your goal and dream is to master all facets of the drums to become an expert drummer, then this course is for you. You’ll have everything you need — expert teaching, hundreds of practice exercises, benchmarks for improving, and numerous popular songs to play along and improvise over — to bring your dream to reality.

Learn & Master Drums is by far the world’s most complete video instruction course for learning to play the drums. Designed to guide you from the very basics of setting up the drumset to expert playing techniques,Learn & Master Drums is the only instructional tool you’ll need — even if you’re sitting down to the drumset for the very first time. Learn & Master Drums is designed primarily for young adults on. Unlike some courses or private instruction, you’ll begin playing popular songs right away and then develop your skills with a simple step-by-step progression. Learn & Master Drums consists of 12 DVDs, 5 play-along CDs and a 100+ pagelesson book, all crammed with in-depth instruction, clear demonstrations, and popular songs you already know.

You also get full access to our online resource center where Dann Sherrill will answer your questions, where you can post your profile, track your progress, chat with other students, and download all kinds of extra drums resources.

The Learn & Master Drums course includes:

The DVD’s

The twelve DVDs included in Learn & Master Drums are the heart of the course. Each lesson is clearly explained and demonstrated, so you know exactly what and how to practice. Because the instruction is sequential, you’ll feel like you’re learning and progressing on the drumset with every lesson. The first half of the course builds on previous lessons, providing you with the foundational knowledge of the drums you need. Then the second half offers various drumming styles and techniques of all skill levels, so you can choose your individual interests to focus your practice efforts. And because it’s from Legacy Learning Systems, you know the training quality is of the highest caliber.

Topics Covered

Learn and Master Drums covers everything from the very basics to the most advanced techniques. There’s no way we could list everything, but here are a few of the things you will learn and master!

Styles Covered

One of the first things people want to know is “What style of drums will I learn to play?” And we would expect that question. It’s only natural that you’d be most interested in playing what you like. It helps you to maintain interest in learning and improving. And unlike most drums courses, Learn & Master Drums offers training in all of the most popular styles. You can study every one or just the ones that interest you most.

Play-Along CD’s

Most students quickly discover that the Play-Along CDs are their favorite part of the Learn & Master Drums course. These CDs allow you to practice your songs with an actual band—made with professional musicians in a studio. They’re designed to help you learn to accompany the band from the outset of your lessons!

More Experienced Drummers

If you’re an intermediate drummer, chances are you’ve learned to play the drums by picking up tidbits of information and instruction here and there on your own. You may have taken a few lessons. You may have read a few books or watched a few videos. You may or may not have learned to read music.


“After already purchasing your other courses, I figured Learn & Master Drums would be a winner too. You guys didn’t disappoint. The course is challenging but not overwhelming. And the fact that I have a professional teaching me in my home and ready on demand for when I’m ready, can’t be beat. Going to school was a chore. But this type of learning is fun! Thanks Legacy.”