Why Entrepreneurs Need to Learn Many New Skills Rapidly (and How to Do It)

When you start your entrepreneurial journey, it's easy to find yourself working multiple jobs - you're the idea generator, the executor, the web-developer, the marketer, the customer support person... and so many other things you've just never done before!

While outsourcing is a great solution, it's not always possible. Sometimes you need to give in and learn all the new skills to scale up. How can you to this without wasting a lot of time and energy that you could spend on moving forward? 

In this episode, the founders of Thrive Themes, Shane Melaugh and Paul McCarthy, are presenting a very specific way of learning and practicing new skills the fastest possible way, that helped them move the needle and grow their business. They're now applying this method to the members of their team and the improving their team management skills through it. 

This episode is about a skill building method called Deliberate Practice, exactly how it works and how you can apply it to your business. Listen in! 


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Episode Transcript

What You'll Discover in this Episode:

  • The most effective way to develop virtually any skill in the shortest amount of time.
  • Breaking down Deliberate Practice to it's smallest components - how to get started with it?
  • Why feedback is an essential element of Deliberate Practice and how to get quality and regular feedback to help you with skill acquisition.
  • What kinds of limitations do you have to face as an entrepreneur that others don't and how you can turn it to your advantage.
  • Why the traditional way of practicing often doesn't work and you get stuck, and how Deliberate Practice is different.
  • How to apply Deliberate Practice to virtually anything - be it content creating, web design or even handstands.
  • How Shane and Paul are training their team members' skills at Thrive Themes from typing faster to writing better headlines, and how helping your employees develop their skills can make them more loyal to you.
  • Example skills that you as an entrepreneur would benefit the most from developing.


Get Down to Practicing

We challenge you to try deliberate practice. It's up to you what skill you pick, but once you've chosen, apply Deliberate Practice to it (sub skills, feedback loop) and focus on that one thing for 30 days. 

Let us know in the comments below what your experience is and whether you felt like you've progressed faster than before. Don't forget, it's quick to get to a "good enough" level with the right method - and as an entrepreneur, "good enough" at most areas is what you need to scale your business.

Learning curve

As always, we want your feedback, questions, tips and stories. You can leave them in the comments section down below or leave us a voice message by hitting the "Start recording" button below:

See you soon with another episode!

About the Author Alexandra Kozma

Alexandra is a traveling marketer. When she is not editing podcast episodes or writing blog posts, she's out there exploring a new city. She's the creator of the Morning Mindset daily mindfulness journal.

  • Danny Liu says:

    Great post! As an Agile product owner in my corporate job, I apply Scrum/Kanban practices to my website, ebook and online course creation workflow to streamline my projects while leveraging a part-time virtual assistant. For me the actual work I assign myself requires discipline to create a habit of practice. It’s tough for sure, but I turn off as many desktop notifications as possible to help combat any distractions.

    • Thanks for your comment, Danny! Turning off notifications is definitely an important step to getting more productive (and reclaiming your sanity, for that matter).

  • Raul says:

    Thanks for the new podcast! I like both the idea to focus on developing one skill, and adding a system to have fast feedback to improve. I know that some systems as artificial intelligence are able to have amazing results thanks to fast feedback (rapid series of test -> success / failure). Right now I am focused on improving the results of our blog content. After some years I have noticed that pretty similar posts may have incredible good or bad results. And now I am going was going into the math of finding why with several variables (search volume, difficulty, quality, stats after 48 hrs, etc). Your post gave me the idea about the importance of creating a faster indicator to forecast success, rather than waiting months to see how it did. And then redefine. Regards.

    • That’s an interesting idea, Raul. It’s true that content often has a long lag time before we analyze and get feedback. Shortening that cycle could make a big difference!

  • Sherif Abuzid says:

    Tha is Exactly what I did when I tried to learn how to make videos early this year. I focused on my trust first. People asked me to add animations, colors and make many things. But I said I will just focus in trust for 30 days. after 15 days, I tried to use cards in my hand instead of using animations in order to make my words points clear. Just started to use Camtasia two months ago. I am focusing on using the basic editing tools now and may consider using other tools, like adding intros, transitions in a later stage. Thanks Shane for confirming my approach. This was very helpful (but the sound was a bit low? )

  • 4sambrown@gmail.com says:

    Any suggestions on seeking (good) feedback?

    • I think the best way to get good feedback consistently is to have an ally for this purpose. Since most people aren’t good at giving feedback, it’s best if you can get together with someone and make this part of the deal between you: you’ll help each other grow by giving good, useful feedback to each other. When both parties are on the same page like this, it helps.

      But also, look out for the rare people who are good at giving feedback. They probably like doing it, so if you know someone like that, just ask them for feedback a lot and watch them talk endlessly. At least, that’s how it works with me. :D

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