If you asked people how long it takes to become an expert in a specific discipline, most would share the so-called “10,000-hour rule of deliberate practice” to reach mastery (courtesy of Malcolm Gladwell). While much has been said about the validity of this "rule," my experience over the past two decades shows that with deliberate focus, and following a series of common-sense steps, most folks can become experts in any domain. Here are the steps I follow when seeking to further my knowledge around a topic: 1. Purchase the top 10 most popular books on the topic.
When attempting to learn about an industry rapidly, try locating some of the most well-regarded literature on the domain. In this day and age of internet shopping with purchase reviews to guide us, you can quickly get a sense of books that are well-regarded by others. Also consider asking for suggestions in industry forums, online or otherwise, or through reference from individuals in your personal peer group. 2. Follow the top industry experts on the topic.
Every industry has experts, and generally there is no shortage of folks who are happy to share their thoughts and general observations through various forums. While […]