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Rapid Skill Development: The One-Sheet Easy Way to New Topic Acquisition by Dr. David Powers is about balancing various aspects of life and making the pieces fit. Written by a decorated veteran of both the Marine Corps and Army and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this book is a concise introduction to the topic. The author begins with Rapid Skill Development as an ancient practice, the Ten Commandments of Moses being one of the earliest known rules aimed at something specific. A recent example is the more organized skill development of US Marines, how the recruits are made capable of action, in the least possible time, following a set training program.
Rapid Skill Development: The One-Sheet Easy Way to New Topic Acquisition by Dr. David Powers is a short guide on keeping one's faculties always sharp. He also mentions the importance of the latest technological advances, the internet for example, to keep abreast of the times. Though many suggestions and special techniques are mentioned, even with historical references the instructions are more or less general in nature. Adopting the suggestions to one's area of work is possible, but only with due adjustments made for the particular environment. Therefore this is more useful as a general guide for making detailed procedures or taking steps needed for acquiring skills in a specific environment. This is a well thought out book, and the character of the guide is such that it covers questions of skills development holistically.