Learning is a lifetime pursuit for me.

Is it for you, too?

Maybe you get stuck when learning new skills.

If so, that’s what I’m sharing with you here today. How to move forward and learn what you’ve been telling people you want to learn!

While I’ve covered related topics here in the blog before, today I’m giving you the information in a different way that will let you learn new skills more quickly. Plus, I’ve created a short educational video that will support what you read here:

So, what are the 3 things?

The 3 things you need to do to learn any new skill is found in the 10/70/20 Rule.

Again, it is a topic I’ve touched on before here in my blog… but I approached things in a little different way. If you missed this early article (written when I had just begun KeePon’s website and blog), why not read it now…


NOTE: The article talks about reaching your goals. To reach them typically requires learning not just one new skill but several. And you have to keep learning; it’s a cycle you should embrace throughout your life. 

If you want to break the 10/70/20 Rule down a bit more into very simple terms, here’s how it works (no matter what you want to learn):

First 10% is THEORY

This is the research, research, research part of the game.  It’s when you have decided you’re interested enough in something enough to start learning about it.  – Tweet   You will do your research online and read books. You’ll listen to podcasts and watch TV shows related to the skill you want to learn. For me, of course, it was real estate investing. I started by reading up on how to do different strategies. I found the one that fit my personality and goals, then kept going with the research and book-learning!

If you want to learn about real estate investing, here’s a cool podcast episode you should listen to (and, yes, I’m happy to share that the host is interviewing me):


The next 70% is an ACTION

Here’s where you begin applying what you have been reading, watching and listening to around the new skill you are trying to conquer. Even if you are unsure of yourself, even if you have lots of questions, you need to get moving.  Take action step after action step. Make mistakes. There’s no better way to ensure your success than by making mistakes! And don’t be afraid of the mistakes. It’s part of the learning curve.  – Tweet   You can’t avoid it! Oh, and put some muscle into it. Do not be lazy when it comes to applying what you are learning to do. Before you know it, you will have gotten beyond your fears and will be doing that thing you always wanted to do.

A lot of what I talk about here and in my videos is the importance of taking action. Take a look at this 2-part article I wrote almost 2 years ago!


Final 20% is FEEDBACK

As you move forward in applying what you are learning, as you practice, practice, practice… you need to find good mentors and others who are doing what you are learning how to do. Don’t cringe when they give you honest feedback. That’s what you need to get better and better at your new skill. Just be sure that the mentor(s) has the experience behind his/her words. You want to work with people who’ve actively been doing what you are learning to do for at least a couple of years.

If you wondered if I’ve ever talked about feedback and mentorship before, you bet I have! In this article I talk about accountability, which is really a part of getting ongoing feedback. Give it a read:


And, just in case you missed it, last year I wrote an article and produced a very short video about learning new skills that goes well with the above 3 steps in the 10/70/20 Rule. If you haven’t read it yet or are new to my blog, now is your chance to go back and give the article a quick read:



NOTE: This article is about falling and how important it is to keep getting up! Pay attention to that lesson. 

How does the 10/70/20 Rule apply to real estate investing?

As with learning any new skill, real estate investing takes practice.

For example, I didn’t just wake up one day knowing how to choose the right markets, talk to sellers and brokers, get properties under contract, negotiate the deal, choose team members, choose the right property management company to work with that allows me to do long-distance investing, or do anything else I do as a real estate entrepreneur.

It took learning over time, putting what I learned into practice and getting clear feedback from mentors and associates who’ve been doing deals for a lot longer than I have!

Take a look at this article where I talk about my journey:



NOTE: You may see a couple of outdated links, but that’s okay. I want you to see my journey in learning how to do blog posts, too!! It has been a process and it took lots of practice to make our articles look as amazing as they do today. (I give credit to my team for that.)

Before you stop reading this article today, let me leave you with 3 quick tips that will help you move ahead faster toward your goals in learning a new skill:

Tip #1: Be clear in your goals; identify which goals are best for you.

Tip #2: Set adequate time aside to learn the new skill and start putting it into practice.

Tip #3: Apply what you are learning and get the feedback from people who’ve been doing the skill a while successfully (even if it creates a little fear).

And answer this question for me:

Which skill are you going to start learning right away, using the 10/70/20 Rule to help you reach your educational goals?

Need help deciding? I’m just a mouse click or phone call away!

Here is a quick link to get you started: