1. Break a complex practice into small tasks.
2. Sidestep Your Weakness. Looking at the small tasks, figure out the likely failure points and avoid them for the first five sessions.
Ferriss learned to swim only five years ago because he had a hard time breathing and got exhausted from kicking. Then he discovered Total Immersion Swimming, which sidestepped those pain points.
3. Use the Pareto Principle. You get 80% of your value from 20% of the work. So find the most valuable elements of the skill and go all-out on them.
4. Prioritize the small tasks. Determine what order you should learn them in.
Ferris became a tango champion because he started by learning the female role rather than the more complex lead role.
5. Practice when screwing up is okay. The worst time to learn how to cook is when you're trying to make a real meal.
Ferris practices making omelettes with green beans in the skillet so he doesn't spill eggs when he flicks his wrist.
6. Add a penalty for failure. You'll never make practice a part of your life unless you have to do it to avoid pain..
When you give someone a penality and a referee, the rate of practice goes from 25% to 70% compliance with the goal.
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