# Learning How To Do Hard Things

tags
Learning
paper
MacIver, n.d.

The key is to isolate one aspect of the problem that is difficult and work on it. This provides a direct feedback loop.

1. Find something that is like the hard thing but is easy.
2. Modify the easy thing so that it is like the hard thing in exactly one way that you find hard.
3. Do the modified thing until it is no longer hard.
4. If you get stuck, do one of the following:
1. Go back to step 3 and pick a different way in which the problem is hard.
2. Recursively apply the general system for learning to do hard things to the thing you’re stuck on.