Is it possible to learn a new skill in 20 hours (or 45 mins a day for a month) ?


It’s sometimes difficult to find the time to learn anything new. The conventional notion of learning a new skill is that you must do a course or dedicate yourself to months or years of learning.

But, it doesn’t have to be like this.

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As Muslims, learning (and propagating) is at the heart of our Deen.

“Allah, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” (Hadith, Tirmidhi)

In life, especially in business, we must constantly strive to become better if we want to achieve a higher objective.

If you want to launch a new project or business then either you can hire those skills, which can be very costly, or you can do it yourself by first learning how to do it.

But, it's also important to be tactful about which skills you go and learn first.

For example.

If you want to launch an ecommerce business you will need a website at some point. Here is a list of 13 skills you could acquire to get a basic website built, managed and then marketed:

1. Graphics Design (for the logo, banners, and web pages)

2. Beginner html coding (to edit the web pages)

3. Advanced LAMP coding (for database, coding, CMS and shopping cart)

4. SEO (to bring in customers)

5. Google PPC Marketing (to bring in more customers)

6. Social Media Marketing (to bring in yet more customers)

7. General Marketing (to bring in customers from everywhere)

8. User experience Design (to make more customers convert to sales)

9. Inventory Management (to keep stock of popular items)

10. Delivery & Returns (to get items to your customers fast)

11. Cash flow Control (to know where best to spend your money)

12. Customer Service (to collect feedback and deal with problems)

13. Data Analysis (to know what's working and what's not)

However, you'll never get the project off the ground if you decide to master all the above skills first.

You may want to prioritise developing skill no. 2, no.7, no. 12 and no. 13 (bolded above) as a priority, and then hire the right people who can help you with no.1, no.3, no.4, no.5, no.9 and no.10 (italicised above).

And when you have time, you can develop the other skills in the list.

If you haven't watched the video. Here are the 4 simple steps to rapid skill acquisition

1. Deconstruct the skill

2. Learn enough to self-correct

3. Remove practice barriers

4. Practice at least 20 hours


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