8 steps to acing a new skill

11/30/2012 | Harvard Business Review online

Learning new skills is important for advancing in the business world, but you should make sure you have chosen an attainable goal and you are willing to put in the work necessary to achieve it, experts say. "Many people implicitly believe that if you have to work hard at something, it means you lack ability. This is rubbish," Joseph Weintraub of Babson College said. You can determine how best to learn a new ability by examining the techniques that have worked for you in the past, according to motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson.

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