Micromastery : learn small, learn fast and find the hidden path to happiness

As the nights draw in this autumn, it could be the perfect time to learn a new skill or hobby. If you feel daunted, or that you don’t have the time to devote to something new, look no further than Micromastery, which is new to the Library’s collections.

Robert Twigger explains that we often give up learning new skills due to the fact that it can take years of study to perfect them. In order to overcome this problem, Twigger has learned the art of micromastery.

As Twigger explains, this involves learning a basic skill related to the greater accomplishment that you would like to achieve. You can perfect this and move onto further aspects of the field that you are interested in. There’s no huge commitment, it is fun, repeatable and small successes allow you to keep the momentum up.

Twigger gives the example of wanting to learn to cook well. In order to do this, he perfected making an omelette. He practised a lot, got tips online, tweaked the recipe and was rewarded with a delicious omelette at the end! This was his “entry trick” which encouraged him to continue.

As we delve further into micromastery, we discover that there is a precise structure that allows you to perfect any skill and increases the likelihood of you keeping up with it.

So, what will it be this autumn? Would you like to learn to juggle or brew craft beer, learn Japanese or perfect your handwriting? Twigger has it covered in his “Micromastery Central” section.

You can find further details of Micromastery on our Main Catalogue. We hope that you enjoy micromastering your new hobby!

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