The challenge these days with learning new technology isn't a result of a lack of resources. If you have access to the internet and/or a library, with patience and persistence you could probably learn any tech skill on your own using books, YouTube, and other online courses.
This abundance of information is actually making it more challenging to learn. Where do you begin and whose information should you trust?
How Pareto's Principle Will Help You Master Technology Faster
You're interested in learning a new technology (be it software, an app, or hardware) and you'd like a systematic process to learning how to master it…without having to commit a lot of time to this endeavor. This is where the 80/20 approach comes in handy.
This learning approach is based on Pareto’s Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule which can be summarized as: 20% of something is responsible for 80% of the results (20% of your customers are responsible for 80% of your revenue, for example).
When learning a new technology, a smarter and more effective approaching to learning it would you should focus your learning on the vital skills you'll use most of the time. And if you're willing to forego your desire to know everything, your practical mastery of that technology will be fast.
So what's involved in approaching learning with an 80/20 mindset? Check out the articles below to get started.
- The 80/20 Approach to Learning: 3 Steps to Determine the 20% to Focus On
- How to Let Go of Your Need to Learn Everything
- How to Practice & Get Really Good – Quickly – With the 20%
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