Deliberately Experimenting with Deliberate Practice — Looking for Subjects to Test My AdviceApril 8th, 2013 · 24 comments
The Deliberate Practice Pilot Program
I’m fascinated by deliberate practice.
I’m convinced this advanced practice philosophy can help knowledge workers rapidly pick up skills that will make them invaluable and provide control over their career. It is, as I’ve argued here, in my last book, and in the Wall Street Journal, perhaps one of your most effective tools for building a working life you love.
But it’s also really hard to figure out how to adapt these ideas to the world of knowledge work.
I decided a good way to proceed with my investigation of this topic would be to: (1) take my best shot at distilling what I know into a formal system; then (2) recruit a group of people, from a variety of different knowledge work careers, to try out my recommendations and report back what they experienced.
This is exactly what I’m going to do.
Over the past few months, I’ve worked extensively with Scott Young (a master of rapid learning), to create a four week pilot program that walks you, step-by-step, through our best understanding of how to identify key skills and then apply deliberate practice techniques to dominate them in a small amount of time.
Now we want to recruit an (extremely limited) group of participants to give this pilot course a try and tell us how it went. In other words, I want real people, in a variety of real jobs, to kick the tires on these ideas Scott and I have been writing about for so long.
Learn More About This Experiment
I don’t want to clog Study Hacks with tons of logistical posts about the experiment — more details, how to sign-up, etc. — so I created a separate e-mail list for this purpose. If you’re interested in learning more about this pilot program click the link below to sign-up for the list.
This will be the only place where you can hear more details and receive information about the first-come-first-served sign-up that will likely happen as soon as next week.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…