What’s the biggest obstacle between dreaming about mastering something and actually mastering it?
The fear of wasting your time on something you’ll never learn anyway.
The fear of spending your time learning the wrong thing.
Ever since I saw Marty McFly play Johnny B. Goode in Back to the Future, I’ve dreamed of one day rocking the tune myself. But learning a song from start to finish takes effort and I have so much on my plate…
So, fast forward some twenty years and here I am, still not knowing more than the first three notes of the song.
Not for long.
Jon Acuff’s summer project, Do Summer addresses this problem head on with a simple idea: you pick one skill, and then, during the summer months, you will practice that skill for 15 minutes every day.
Follow this routine religiously and at the end of the summer, you will have clocked 1500 minutes of practice — a full 25 hours!
I think the trick here is brilliant: everyone has 15 minutes in a day to spare. The time slot is short enough so you don’t have to worry about using the time wisely. And almost without noticing, at the end of the project, you might actually have learned the skill you set out to practice.
Today is day one, so it’s early to say, but maybe this is the summer when I’ll finally learn to play Johnny B. Goode.
What do you want to learn?