#3 Erik Hamre: The 100-Hour Challenge

Erik Hamre

Erik Hamre is a self-proclaimed learner of skills and the creator of the 100-hour challenge.

He’s travelled the world picking up new skills. From learning salsa dancing in Columbia to Thai Massage in Thailand, he’s been all over the world. Currently, he’s dedicating his time to learning Yoga whilst being out in Bali.

What is the 100-hour challenge? Basically, Erik dedicates a minimum of 100 hours of focused learning in his chosen skill.

Currently, Erik has dedicated 100 hours to each of the following skills:

  • Thai Massage
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Chess
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Kizomba

In today’s podcast, we go into further detail about the 100-hour challenge, how he focuses on each skill and other interesting topics on skill learning.

Where To Find Erik Hamre

Below are links to Erik’s work:

Website | Medium | Twitter

Show Notes

HH:MM:SSNotes
0:02:45How I came across Erik’s work
0:03:06Surprising my girlfriend video
0:03:46The 100-Hour Challenge
0:05:15The definition of quality practice
0:05:41How Erik breaks up his learning time
0:06:26Erik’s learning schedule
0:07:28How to break down the skill of Ultimate Frisbee
0:08:16How to keep track of your time
0:10:06How to know what skill he wants to commit to
0:11:16Have you ever stopped learning a skill half-way through?
0:11:51How Erik splits his time with learning several skills
0:13:56How travelling helps to learn new skills
0:15:36Starting off as a skilled poker player
0:16:34What makes a good learner of skills
0:17:56The importance of learning whilst being in a good state of mind
0:19:08What skill Erik is currently learning right now
0:19:34A typical day of learning Yoga
0:21:31Goals for Yoga
0:24:06Tips on achieving focus
0:26:14Recommended Book: The Art of Learning
0:27:09The most fulfilling skill to learn
0:28:11100 hours of learning Chess
0:28:55Impressing people that don’t know much about the skill
0:29:36Reaching a higher level of learning
0:30:39Tools for learning
0:32:16Other skills Erik plans to learn
0:34:16Walking away from a skill