Rapid skill acquisition is big news these days. With recent books from Josh Kaufman and Tim Ferriss, a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon. At least they’re jumping on the bandwagon to read about it. You know how things are though. Many will read, but few will do. As Seth Godin says, they’re just not shipping.
I’m shipping. I’m reading Josh and Tim’s books and applying my own cognitive research to the process.
I love this visual from The 4 Hour Chef. Josh talks about setting goals for your rapid skill process, and in this chart Tim applies labels to them.
So, where do you want to be?
Do you want to be a Tradesman? In other words, you get by.
Do you want to be a Craftsman? In other words, you do pretty good.
Do you want to be an Artisan? In other words, you are awesome!
In case you were wondering, my rapid skill acquisition goal is sumo wrestling. I’ll be happy to get to the Craftsman level where I’m pretty good and don’t get my butt kicked every time I hit the mat.
Great news- I just checked Amazon Kindle ratings and my book on rapid skill acquisition has made it into the top 100 lists for Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Education Theory. It sounds very Mad Scientist like, which is pretty cool.
This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!