The 5-Hour Rule On How To Excel In Skills And In Life

How to excel in skills

How to excel in skills

Ever wondered what Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They never stop learning. Discover the 5-hour rule to excel at any skill.

Make This A Habit And You’ll Become A Master At Anything

You’ve probably heard of the 10,000-hour rule — the supposedly optimal amount of time required to master a skill.

Whether it’s playing chess, mastering an art, or creating the perfect business, these thousands of hours have purportedly been exactly what’s necessary to become an Expert in any given field.

But what if we’ve got it all wrong?

There seems to be another way to deliberate practice, and it doesn’t just come down to the total amount of time something has been studied.

Instead, the consistency of deliberate practice seems to be key to the success of many of the world’s most influential people — and it just comes down to an hour a week.

In a recent article from, the world’s leaders in fields of business, media, sports, arts (to name but a few) were tracked to find commonalities between their methods to mastery.

What the author found was three common threads that ran throughout multiple success stories.

The Key Findings On What You Need To Be Successful

It came down to three simple elements:

  1. Reading
  2. Reflecting
  3. Experimenting

Oprah has credited much of her success to the knowledge she gained from books, while reflecting and musing on what we’ve done — and how far we have to go — is a simple technique Reid Hoffman uses to sound out an idea. And having the humility to test and experiment on your ideas would put you in the same league as Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin.

Some key points from the article also included:

  • People who use the 5-hour rule in the workplace show faster and greater improvement;
  • Skill acquisition — made simple by the 5-hour rule — is extremely important for mastery in any field;
  • Learning should be treated the same as exercise: a necessary, daily experiencethat benefits our overall wellbeing.

These arguments support the idea that we need a rich intellectual life in order to live a fulfilled, meaningful life.

By simply fostering learning — and treating it as a non-negotiable, inherent part of our lives — we’re able to master skills more quickly, shortcut the path to success, and ensure we live an economically healthy life.

Do you set aside for reading, reflecting or experimenting? Share in the comments section below.

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the Founder and CEO of Mindvalley; the transformational education company which brings the world's best teachers and authors together to revolutionize education worldwide.

He leads a team of 250 people from 49 countries building personal growth programs with cutting-edge learning technology and real-world events across the globe.

Vishen is an entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, and a former board member of the XPrize Foundation. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller and #1 book on Amazon, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.

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