Beginner's Guide to Mastering a New Skill

I learned to play the guitar and ukulele without any formal lesson. I can fluently speak three languages and I can fairly speak and understand Italian and Spanish after taking courses in college. I worked as a part-time photographer while I was majoring Accounting, and every now and then I also coach math to gifted kids. I love to do so many things and I would love to learn a few more.

The increasing amount of self-taught professionals is a testament to how perfecting the art of learning can change your life. We need to constantly look for opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that may not always feel comfortable at first. Continual improvement is necessary to get ahead. The big question is, of course, how? How do you get better at learning? How can you build a coherent plan to perfect a new skill?