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Break Through that Learning Plateau

Some articles about moving past that point where your learning levels off.

3 Tips on Overcoming Learning Plateaus from David Foster Wallace

As David Foster Wallace wrote in his novel "Infinite Jest," the path to genuine mastery of your craft is "slow, frustrating. Humbling. A question of less talent than temperament." That's because the journey of improvement is not a linear progression where one success builds upon the next.

4 Phases of Developing any Skill: Practice, Progress, Peaks and Plateaus

Practice It's been said before and I'll say it again. Repetition is the mother of skill. This last 10 days I've been really fortunate in that I've been able to surf every single day. While I'm getting a few shades darker thanks to the California sunshine (yes, you should hate me if you leave somewhere cold), my wave riding skills are increasing exponentially every day.

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the "OK Plateau" of Performance & Personal Growth

by Maria Popova "When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend."

Break Through Your "OK Plateau" By Studying Yourself Failing

When we get good at something, we put those skills on autopilot and we stop getting better. Author Joshua Foer calls this the "OK Plateau." It happens when we reach an acceptable level of skill, and we stop trying new things. Thankfully, it's possible to break through.

Hit a Plateau? 4 Ways to Improve Your Skills - Freelance Folder

As freelancers, we're often only limited by our imagination, so it can be difficult to see whether we are progressing in our given field. Sure, we can produce some great logo designs or write an article, but we were able to do that a few months ago as well.

Embrace Discomfort to Overcome Learning Plateaus

When you're learning a new skill, you eventually hit a plateau where it feels like you can't learn any more or get any further. It's hard to burst through this plateau. As 99U points out, one of the best ways to deal with those plateaus is to embrace the discomfort and push onward.