A lot of what you’ve read here is about the importance of being a 1,000-Hour Pro or inspiration to begin the journey of constantly learning and endeavoring to become a 1,000-Hour Pro. But what does that look like? How can you get started? Here are three things you can do today to get on your way:
- Make a list.
Before starting, make a list of anything that you have some interest in. Maybe create it in Evernote so you can keep adding to it whenever you hear something that piques your interest and you want to learn more. Having a list of things that interest you is a great way to always stay fresh. If you ever start to feel stale and like you need something new to reenergize you, take a look at your list and start learning.
- Start a new book
This seems like low-hanging fruit, but I think it’s worth saying. Start a book that’s not related to work, leadership or anything that you have to do. Start a book that just seems interesting. And while you might only be able to start it today, commit to finish it. We 1,000-Hour Pros have a tendency to start books, learn enough in the first couple chapters and then move on to a new book with a flashy cover. Commit to finish this one because without finishing, you’re just a 100-Hour Wannabe.
- Dive into a new project
I’m one of those people who get in over their head and then have to figure something out. It happened this past weekend as I was redoing our laundry room to build shelving. Nothing was coming out level, and I was all kinds of frustrated. But I learned what I needed to do, made it happen, and the laundry room is looking stellar, if I do say so myself. If you want to start to learn the nuances of what something actually takes to do, dive in. Maybe don’t do anything too high stakes as you learn because it is, after all, a learning experience. There’s a reason I started in the laundry room and not the living room. But dive into a new project ready to have some setbacks with the attitude of figuring those out. If you start something today that’s new, I can almost guarantee that you’ll learn something.
Those are just a few things that you can do to get a jumpstart on the 1,000-Hour Pro journey. What are some others that you think would help us as we become 1,000-Hour Pros together?