3 Learner Archetypes and Approaches for Successful Skill Learning

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3 Learner Archetypes and Approaches for Successful Skill Learning by Mind Map: 3 Learner Archetypes and Approaches for Successful Skill Learning

1. 3 Learner Archetypes

1.1. The Jack-of-all-trades

1.1.1. The term jack-of-all-trades has gotten a bad reputation

1.1.2. But they are more adaptable

1.1.3. They are open to see and hear different perspectives.

1.2. The Specialist

1.2.1. The Specialist is the king of the Industrial Revolution, and remains to this day.

1.2.2. The Specialist focuses on a select few things and excels at them.

1.2.3. They’ve got high paying jobs and are in high demand for specific tasks.

1.2.4. They’re the people you seek to get advice from their field of expertise.

1.2.5. Surround yourself with specialists and you’ll raise your competence by osmosis.

1.3. The Polymath

1.3.1. The Polymath sits somewhere in between the specialist and the jack-of-all-trades.

1.3.2. They have maybe 3–5 very strong competences, with the remaining being probably a bit lower than the jack-of-all-trades.

1.3.3. They are good enough to perform in several industries and thrive in them.

2. Which archetype is the most skilled?

2.1. The Jack-of-all-trades

2.1.1. Average proficiency on many skills

2.2. The Specialist

2.2.1. Really strong proficiency on few skills

2.3. The Polymath

2.3.1. Strong proficiency on some skills

2.4. There are situations where jacks-of-all-trades have the upper hand.

2.5. Other situations are better handled by specialists or polymaths.

2.6. Here’s how to view competence: Specialists ≠ Polymaths ≠ Jack-of-all-trades

3. 3 Approaches for Successful Skill Learning

3.1. Easy

3.1.1. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses

3.1.2. Find skills that work in favour of your strengths.

3.1.3. Break skills down into manageable chunks.

3.1.4. Learn a few of these sub-skills every month.

3.2. Balanced

3.2.1. Find skills that work both your strengths and weaknesses.

3.2.2. Break skills down into manageable chunks.

3.2.3. Choose sub-skills based on how they work your personality, independently from your own strengths or weaknesses.

3.2.4. Learn a few of these sub-skills every month.

3.3. Hard

3.3.1. Find skills that work with your weaknesses.

3.3.2. Break skills down into manageable chunks.

3.3.3. Choose sub-skills that are most against your weaknesses.

3.3.4. Learn a few of these sub-skills every month.