The ten obstacles to skill mastery – Part I

A guide for late-starters and others who have the deck stacked against them. Many people have excusitis, the habit of making excuses, that prevents them from achievement. This is an incredibly useful idea, and whenever you have an obstacle of some sort, excusitis...

The pyramid of teachers: good luck getting to the top!

 School is predicated on a simple model of acquiring competence: attend a class; receive instruction (pay attention); complete exercises (try hard); repeat until mastered.    This enormously successful model has been replicated by every nation on earth. It has...

Learning knowledge vs. learning a skill

In order to start this blog, I had to know or learn a lot of things. For example, I had to register hosting and a domain (not new for me)configure WordPresschoose a WordPress themefigure out, how to create posts and pagesfigure out, how to create a contact form and...

When to ignore your own emotions

This is an utterly fascinating topic that I am going to revisit again and again: skill and emotions. Emotional awareness is a bottomless well of insights for personal enrichment. It has the power to heal trauma, connect you with others in relationships of supreme...

The ultimate learning secret of the masters

 In a previous post we have learned the importance of repetition. However, we all know those people who don’t learn despite trying something over and over again: amateurs taking classes in a given sport / art / language for many years and staying utterly...

Why repetition is important

Repetitio est mater studiorum, they taught me in the 6th grade of a classical gymnasium in St. Petersburg, Russia. That is, “repetition is the mother of all learning.” Despite having been expressed in Latin, I thought it was a dumb idea, as you can only...

First Post Ever

Hi, welcome to the blog! My name is Sergey. This blog will be about self-improvement and, more specifically, mastering skills. We will go beyond specific skills such as chess, tennis, and piano, and look at such elusive attributes as thorough planning, being...