The 4 Levels of Learning – Being Skillful at Anything

Untitled-1Think back to when you first jumped behind the wheel of a car. You were there to learn how to drive. You were excited! You thought you were ready.

Maybe you glanced over at your mother or father in the passenger seat and wondered why they looked so darned nervous. After all, hadn’t you watched your parents drive and witnessed lots of people on the road who were driving? You figured you could do it, too, right?

As you gripped the steering wheel and stared out the windshield down the long hood of the vehicle something dawned on you. Maybe it wasn’t as easy as it had looked

Now what?

Until the moment you buckled yourself in and turned the key in the ignition you may not have realized just how unskilled you were as a driver.

What happened next?

If you’re honest, you’ll say that was the moment of truth. You really didn’t know how to drive, you got really nervous and you suddenly knew that you’d have to prepare to learn a few things before getting out there on the road with all those other cars and drivers.

Welcome to the very first level of learning!

Following this level come three more. Before you can become a competent driver who instinctively knows what to do behind the wheel in different situations on the road, you have to go through all four levels of learning.

Truth is that these four levels apply to literally anything we do in life. The rules apply equally to learning to walk, learning to drive, learning to be a Real Estate Investor and everything in between.

You can’t expect to look good while learning either. It’s just not going to happen.

You are going to fall down a lot when learning to walk, you’re going to get emotion-driven direction from your parents who are teaching you to drive (a.k.a., yelling and white knuckles you can see as they cling to the dashboard from time to time) and you’re going to make mistakes early on as a Real Estate Investor. It happens like this for everyone.

So what are the four levels of learning anyway?

1) Unconscious Incompetence – You are unaware of everything it takes to have the skill. You lack proficiency at performing that skill. (You realize you have a lot to learn to become good at what you want to do.)

2) Conscious Incompetence – You are aware of the skill, but you’re not yet proficient. You have to practice, practice and more practice.

3) Conscious Competence – You are now about to use the skill, but it takes effort and thought. But you’re getting there!

4) Unconscious Competence – Congratulations! You can now perform the skill because it is becoming more natural to you. At this point, you know what to do and you’re getting so good at it that you can actually teach others.

When learning how to become a Real Estate Investor, there’s one thing that you’re going to need to do… a lot. You’re going to have to get out there and talk to people. You’re going to make lots of offers on properties.

This may sound scary to you right now, but it’s not something to be afraid of. Literally every wholesaler, fix-n-flipper, buy-and-hold investor, multi-family property owner and commercial landlord started exactly where you are today. Exactly.

If they had fears, they moved through them and took the steps to learn what they needed to learn to get deals done anyway. They didn’t make excuses and they didn’t let where they were when they started stop them in any way.

The truth is that no matter what you’re going through right now, no matter what age or ethnicity you are right now, how little or how much money you have in the bank right now or how much chaos you think you have in your life right now… you can become a Real Estate Investor.

Most people start by wholesaling properties. Once they learn that skill it’s pretty easy to move on to the next and next and next skills.

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