Typically if you want to master a specific domain, your progress is linear.
You start with the basics. Once you've nailed those, you learn more advanced concepts bit-by-bit. And eventually, if you've dedicated thousands of hours to your craft, you become an expert in your field.
What you may surprised to know, however, is this a linear and ineffective approach to learning.
Instead of the typical ten-thousand hours to mastery, you can cut this at least in half. And modern science has the evidence to back it up.
The primary way to do this is by mastering flow state. I've spoken about this many times on my blog, but if you're unfamiliar, this is a recap of the evidence we know so far:
- Flow improve productivity by up to 500%. This alone is nuts. It means you can work one day a week, and literally still be more productive than your coworkers who work five days a week.
- Flow increases creativity by up to 400% - 700%.
- Flow increases your rate of learning by up to 200%.
And this is merely the present evidence. The reality is, the people in these studies were by no means zen monks, nor were they Tesla. Therefore by mastering these states (which by the way, is actually a lot easier than most people believe) you can dial this up insanely high.
This means for every single hour you spend not in flow, you are wasting time. Even if you were to dedicate only a few hours a day mastering accessing deep flow state on demand, you'd be at the top of your game within a very short period of time. It pays off exponentially.
Flow is the exact method I've used to achieve the level of skill I'm at presently (and continually mastering every day). My goal is to become one of the world's best in not only software engineering, but many intersecting disciplines. And this is the way to do it.
There are a bunch of other techniques you can use, such as speed reading (shout out to Jim Kwik), which do wonders. Deliberate practice is also essential, which is essentially continually pushing yourself to the edge of your abilities. However, flow is the pivotal key underlying everything, and even used by itself yields extraordinary results.
My progress has actually been significantly increasing over time, not linear, because my training in flow has enabled me to consistently go deeper with practise. This is exponential mastery.
As for how to achieve such feats, besides the first version of the project I'm about to publish soon (a synthesis of years of intensive research and practise, stay tuned), you can check out my success principles for a few tips. Just these few things alone will yield extraordinary results.