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How to Reduce Entertainment Expenses
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Updated: March 29, 2019 | References

Spending money on movies, TV, and special events can cost you a surprising amount over time. The average family spends around thousands per year on entertainment, a number that can be greatly reduced by budgeting.[1] Whether you’re trying to budget at home or while traveling, you can reduce your entertainment expenses if you know where to cut back. Keep track of your budgeting and compare one month from another to see how your spending habits change.

Method One of Three:
Budgeting At-Home Entertainment Expenses

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Purchase a cable alternative. The first step to reducing at-home entertainment costs is ditching cable TV. Instead, choose an online streaming service. Subscribing to one of these companies can give you access to hundreds of movies, TV, and original content for usually lower cost per month. Review your most recent cable bills and find a streaming service with a lower monthly fee.[2]
Popular video streaming services include: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Acorn TV.[3]
If you’re attached to a certain channel, look for a service that allows you to stream specific channels online (like Sling TV, CBS All Access, HBO Now, or Select TV).

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Listen to music via streaming services. Instead of purchasing every song you listen to, try a music streaming service. Most services operate as an online library filled with songs that users can hear without downloading. Although these services often have an ad-free subscription for a low cost, many also offer free options.[4]
Try well-known streaming services like: Pandora, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Spotify, Slacker, and iHeartRadio.[5]
Test out a free trial before purchasing a subscription.
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Acquire a library card. Whether you’re a bookworm or a casual reader, a library card can save you hundreds on at-home entertainment. Books (paper, audio, or electronic), movies, magazines, newspapers, and music are all available for free or a minimal annual fee. Some libraries even rent out video games or hobby supplies (like cooking tools or board games).[6]
Libraries also offer free community events like children’s read-alongs, book clubs, personal development workshops, or holiday celebrations.
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Rent video games instead of buying them. You don’t have to shell out your paycheck to get the latest game release; opt for a game rental service to play at a reduced cost. This option is especially ideal if you tend not to replay games and want to avoid reselling for less than the game is worth.[7]
Some services (like Redbox) offer games for a minimal daily fee while others (like Gamefly) operate on a monthly subscription model like movie streaming services.
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Split entertainment memberships with your loved ones. Share the cost of a music, movie, or video game subscription with a friend or a roommate. If your immediate relatives are interested, some services offer family discounts at a reduced fee.[8]
Many services (like Netflix) allow users to add multiple users without spending more money.[9]
Method Two of Three:
Accessing Local Low-Budget Entertainment
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Check out student, senior, or other discounts. Many entertainment venues offer special offers for seniors, students, certain club members (like the AAA or AARP) and members of the military. Ask about discount options to see if you qualify for any options.[10]
Talk to your high school or university to learn about student deals offered by local retailers, movie theaters, attractions, or restaurants.
Keep government-issued or student IDs on hand in case you need proof of identification.
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Choose matinees over evening movies. Going to movies at less-popular times (like Monday afternoons instead of Saturday nights) can save you as much as half the ticket’s cost. If you can wait, avoid seeing movies until they hit the discount theaters to save even more.[11]
Buy your tickets online to receive additional pricing deals or snack coupons.
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Watch for free community events. Start reading your local newsletters or searching online to catch free city events. Attend free lectures, holiday festivals, concerts, and performances for free or a small cost.[12]
Areas near universities or high schools often have low-cost plays, concerts, and sporting events open to the public.
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Watch for discount days or happy hours. Some museums, recreation centers, and other public attractions have yearly free or reduced-fee days for the community. Other places (like swimming pools, bowling alleys, or restaurants) have “happy hours” where their prices are reduced daily or weekly during an allotted time. Keep tabs on places you frequent often and ask about upcoming discount opportunities.
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Buy season passes to your favorite places. If you or your family frequent your city’s zoo, aquarium, museum, or amusement park, buy a season pass. Many season passes cost the amount of visiting two or three times. You might save a bundle each year by paying a little more up front.[13]
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Volunteer at special events. Volunteering is a fun, meaningful way to serve your community while obtaining free admissions to plays, concerts, or festivals. Theater and music productions often bring on volunteers to usher people in or set-up/break sets afterwards. Contact the venue and ask about volunteering opportunities before you buy your ticket.[14]
Method Three of Three:
Spending Less on Vacation Entertainment
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Travel during your destination’s off-season. Vacationing during the off-season can help you avoid seasonal tourist traps and save money on attractions. Without a large flow of travelers coming in, some entertainment venues might reduce their admissions costs. You’ll see more of the city’s culture while saving money along the way.[15]
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Buy event or plane tickets several months in advance. Some companies offer as much as 20% discounts for people who purchase tickets in advance. Once you’ve scheduled your vacation, check how far in advance you can purchase plane or attraction tickets and whether you qualify for discounts.[16]
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Purchase group deals online. Look for entertainment deals in the city you’re traveling to online. Coupon websites often have group deals available for popular entertainment options. Searching for group deals may help you find cheap entertainment options that you hadn’t considered before.
Popular group deal websites include: Groupon, LivingSocial, TravelZoo, and Local Flavor.[17]
Some vacation apps (like Foursquare or Scoutmob) let vacationers know about city discounts and occasionally offer coupons.[18]
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Pack plenty of water and snacks. Tourist attractions might escalate the price of food and drinks, so take food with you to save money. Choose snacks that will be easy to eat while walking around or participating in the attraction. Always ask the venue about their policies on bringing outside food in beforehand to avoid throwing anything away.[19]
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Spend time vacationing outdoors. Don’t forget to spend time outside while traveling, especially since many nature-related activities are free. Check out nearby trails, go on a run or bike ride, or ask locals what their favorite outdoor activities are.[20]
Rent a campsite to save money on lodging.
Tips
Keep track of every subscription or season pass you buy. Cancel any service that you’re unsatisfied with or use infrequently.
Buy books, video games, or DVDs used to save on at-home entertainment.
If you have a credit card, keep tabs on any points or perks you qualify for to access more entertainment discounts.
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How to Support the Arts
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Updated: October 17, 2018

If you want to support the arts and the creative people behind art, these steps will offer some direction.

Method One of Five:
Supporting the arts with your money

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Buy the arts! Don’t argue about the price, just look at your budget and decide what you need and want in life. No matter what your income or social class, you have at least some entertainment budget and you have choices in what to get for your necessities. When buying art, you support an artist in his or her pursuit of art, so every little bit counts. The following steps provide practical suggestions for purchases that support the arts.
Both fine art and artisan creations (crafts, chefs and arts that aren’t seen as fine art) support the local economy as well as give you a higher quality of lifestyle. You may find you can afford more personal luxury after you know these artists and discover what you like most. They also need to eat, do their laundry, pay their rent and local taxes on everything, so they are also helping everyone else in the area keep their jobs by pouring your spending money into building a stronger community. In all of these things, follow your personal tastes.
Don’t buy stuff you don’t need or like just to support the arts. Specifically support the artists and artisans whose work you enjoy and collect more of it over the years as they grow artistically. Your collection will deepen as well as broaden and you’ll be an important patron to these artists. It’s a luxury, so the point is to indulge yourself and get the best of their work.

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Support the indie artist first. When deciding to go out for a show, consider tickets for live theater instead of a movie or an indie film rather than a first-run blockbuster. You’re supporting new actors, directors, producers and live theatrical houses when you make these choices. If a favorite comes along go ahead and get the first run viewing but opt for a matinee to save money so you can also see the indie film. You’ll have more variety in your viewing pleasure and your dates may find that you are more educated, sophisticated and intellectual than if you just go to the same movies everyone talks about.
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Buy real paintings and drawings from living artists to decorate your home. Collect real art within your budget. If you like artists you can’t afford, consider smaller original pieces, sketches rather than paintings or archival limited edition prints. Then take care of your art collection by storing it in a cool, dark, dry place (attic, closet or other air conditioned indoor area).
Frame everything and look up basic art conservation for collectors. If you vary which artists you collect, the entire collection will appreciate in value. You may not know which of your collections will become super valuable by the artist’s fame growing, but your kids and grandkids will have an incredible legacy if you spread that investment around — and do it from the heart.
Buy the artwork you fall in love with. Then stash them if your tastes change because collectors or your kids may love them later.
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Buy books from living authors at full price. Very often discounts and bargains get taken out of the author’s royalties. The author gets paid on the net, not on the gross value of the books printed. If it’s print-on-demand and you discover independent authors you like, always purchase them direct from the author’s website versus Amazon.
If you collect e-books from living authors, you won’t need as many bookcases.
Don’t feel bad about purchasing hardcover versions of paperbacks or e-books you liked and want to reread, that’s a way to reduce your bookshelves to manageable.
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Buy tickets to music, dance and other live performances. Again, do this within budget and focus it on your tastes. You may like Riverdance more than you like formal ballet, or you may prefer live theater off-off-Broadway types of productions. You may like concerts with big famous bands or symphony orchestras or opera. Yes, this includes live theatre as mentioned above or any type of performance art you enjoy.
Pay full price tickets to magicians and musicians.
When you pass a street performer, put some money into the performer’s hat or tip box.
Buy CDs of independent musicians who self produce them, you may be launching a someday-famous band and have a collectible — or just have a beloved CD of famous music. And if you download their music, pay for it––don’t be a freeloader as the “free music” attitude has ruined the livelihood of many a struggling yet very talented musician.
Be polite and quiet during live performances. This is especially important in pubs that have Celtic music, as the Celtic tradition is very keen on respect for bards. Don’t talk during live performances. You’re not only distracting the audience who’d like to hear the music, you may be distracting the musicians too and throwing them off their stride.
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Hire live local musicians for your personal events — weddings, graduation parties, child’s bar or bat mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, family reunions or get-togethers. Why not celebrate your anniversary by hiring a live musician to serenade your spouse at a romantic dinner — or have a romantic dinner at home with a musician performing that you both love? Any kind of holiday or personal event can become lavish if you have live music. Book them well in advance, talk to them in person after a concert and find out their rates.
Find out when the band’s off season is and what causes it. You may wind up getting a bargain or a shorter wait time if you book them during a time of year they don’t get many gigs. The opposite of tourist season is often good.
For the holidays, try to book the band early, so you’re the one that gets them for your holiday party.
If you like variety, turn your annual music party into a “guess what the band is” event.
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If you need to buy new clothes, especially for evening or party wear, consider finding a textile artist, tailor, seamstress or other artisan. Instead of going to an upscale shop where you’ll pay a high price for fancy clothing, go to an artist who will fit it to your individual body much better, create it to suit your precise looks, complexion, style and taste, and support another type of independent artist. You will get more than your money’s worth because a quality handmade original garment will last longer and if you pay for their best work, wear better than anything from even an expensive store. You can reduce the size of your wardrobe while raising its quality.
Buy handmade boots and shoes from leather crafters and artists. Again, they will be expensive but they’ll fit better, look better and wear much longer than shoes and boots from stores.
If you like buying shoes often, find your favorite artisan and have new ones designed for you periodically for fun. You might start getting a “regular customer” discount working one on one with the artist instead of just purchasing something made by mass production to sell to thousands of others. Remember, your shoes are unique, unlike anyone else’s. If they were made to fit your Christmas dress and you love them, maybe take them to your clothing designer next year to get a new Christmas dress inspired by the shoes. Artists sometimes work together on things like that. The more you know them, the more personal and unique their works are and the closer they come to your personal tastes.
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Have jewelry handcrafted for you by artists. On a low budget, start with small silver and semiprecious stones. Once you’re up in a fine jewelry bracket, you can pay for more elaborate workmanship and more expensive materials. Especially pay attention to their original pieces or commission original pieces. Buying the stock rings and necklaces they have on hand helps the artists to survive, but when you choose their best work or commission something unique that takes the best of their skills, you also feed their souls.
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Eat out at small chef-owned original restaurants. Food is an art form, so is ambiance, these one-of-a-kind restaurants are sometimes a lot higher quality than chain restaurants. Once you find your favorites, you’re likely to get personal attention and extra good service for a more enjoyable experience.
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Buy handmade toys, furnishings, furniture and gifts from local artists. No matter what it is, if a local artist makes it, you are getting originality and personal attention. Your entire home can become a collection of treasured, unique, beautiful objects. Many of those things will be higher quality than manufactured goods.
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Buy locally grown food from farmers and gardeners. Hire local landscapers to take care of your yard, unless you’re a gardener. Find the ones who are artists, look at their other gardens, then give them some artistic freedom. Yes, the flowers in your yard and the landscaping can be artwork that is an expression of who you are and what you love.
Method Two of Five:
Asking for a commissioned piece of artwork
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When buying art, choose an artist you enjoy (of any kind, performance or tangible) and then keep your description of your commission simple. Stick to the type of work that’s their specialty.
Don’t haggle over changes, give them a hard time or get too controlling. Part of supporting the arts is to encourage the artist to go on being an artist. You’re not buying real arts in order to get the cheapest bargain or rip off the painter for a masterpiece by paying less than he did for the materials! If you do that, there’s a good chance the artist will get disgusted, quit and do something else for a living, which reduces the appreciation of that masterpiece.
Method Three of Five:
Leaving compliments for all to see
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If you bought from a writer, an artist or a musician, review the item on Amazon, Twitter and other places online, especially if you like it. Negative reviews are a warning not to buy from an unreliable seller. The arts are far more personal, your taste comes into it. If you made a mistake and got a book you didn’t like, explain what you didn’t like in a way that people who would like it for what it is will find it enjoyable.
Try something like, “I expected this to be a lovely vampire romance and it turned out to be a horror novel with a fanged stalker who scared me to death. Don’t buy this book if you want to mush over the vampire. But if you like a good scare, it might be just your thing.” You have not only supported the writer (or artist or musician, etc.) by purchasing their original work, you’ve supported them again by word of mouth so they can sell more, make a living, pay taxes in your town, etc.
Method Four of Five:
Localizing your support for the arts
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Support the arts in your local area. Youth theatres, amateur organizations and school productions need your support! There are hundreds of ways to get involved, whether you’re designing posters, sewing costumes or selling tickets.
Organize and help set up at festivals and fairs. Just helping a bunch of artists and crafters get their stuff unpacked and set up, or helping to organize an event that they can all show up to helps them big time!
Help promote local arts events by posting about them online, blogging them, making flyers or stapling flyers up.
If your town or city has an arts committee, find out what they need volunteers for. If it doesn’t, consider trying to form one.
Some types of local events you can help organize or prepare for are concerts, live performances including outdoor ones, art fairs, studio tours for artists, book signings and poetry readings, any of the arts can benefit from a public event and its exposure. If the artists have any recordings or physical things to sell, be sure the event’s rules allow them to sell their works even if the performance or show is free.
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As you know practice makes perfect, so keep practicing and cultivating regularly. Be sincere.
Take classes in humanities or art, music or literature appreciation at your local community college. Some local community charges have a much lower “audit” fee if you attend the class but don’t take the tests, get a grade or college credit for it. When you’re attending just to improve your appreciation of the arts, auditing is just as good as taking the class to get in the right number of Humanities credits and leaves you more in your budget to buy real art, pay local musicians, get tickets, etc.
Method Five of Five:
Getting involved in the arts yourself
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Get involved! The arts are about creativity and self-expression, so whatever your passion, get out there and enjoy the art. Arts are broad, including drawing, painting, performing, street theater, making murals, crafting, engaging the community in artistic projects and much more, so there are plenty of things to explore and find your own artistic niche within.
If you haven’t yet discovered the activity that’s for you, find out about free or cheap tester classes you can join. Ask if you can borrow materials initially, or look online for many cheap options such as auctions of art materials people no longer need.
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Do some reading. Go to your local library and find books on photography, art, ballet or even the art of performance.
Read up on these arts online, whatever your particular interests are. There are many reviews and articles on all of the arts available for free. That frees your budget to make knowledgeable purchases from local artists.
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Go to a museum or art gallery. Find an art, ballet, photo or performance museum. If you can’t go in person, see online exhibits if they are available.
When on vacation, visit museums and galleries in your vacation area. You’ll broaden your appreciation of your favorite arts and appreciate your local artists’ works even more by deepening your knowledge. You’re on vacation anyway, so why not see what artists and musicians, etc., are producing in the cool place you visited? If you take vacations in the same place every year as some people enjoy doing, you can become an annual regular and support particular artists — the local painter in your holiday spot, the little pub that always has good Celtic music, that theatre, the opera house.
If you like opera, definitely get at least bargain tickets and experience it live. Opera houses operate on a shoestring despite the number of millionaires that donate. They need to sell those empty cheap student seats at the back and it’s a wonderful experience. The productions cost so much and involve so many live people not only performing but doing all the work of creating the production that they’re always operating at a brutal budget. If you’re an opera lover who lives near an opera house, consider volunteering your time and effort to help keep the house going.
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Donate to charities who support the arts or donate to organizations directly. For example, the National Endowment for the Arts, who help art programs throughout America. Donate to art programs You can donate to programs in your school or city.
Organize a monthly art hop. Sign up various art venues in your area that will open their doors on one evening per month. A map and list could be offered in advance to help those planning their tours. Finger foods and beverages could be served at each spot.
Donate directly to local theatres, performance companies and arts events. Many of them accept donations. Your local arts council and local theatre troupe may need the donations more than something as big as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Support PBS. Make a steady annual donation or watch when their pledge drive auctions and bid on things you want. Volunteer to work the phones at PBS pledge drives. PBS always needs it, everywhere, and doing this will also get more of your favorite programming purchased by your local PBS station. They listen to fan requests.
Purchase new copies of your favorite books at full price from living authors and donate them to your local library. The community will be better for it, those that can’t afford it will get to read it sooner, those that might never have found your favorite author may wind up buying their own copy when they have to return it. Everyone wins, and your author is more likely to continue writing instead of taking up something else because the bills need to be paid.
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Get out there and experience it! The only way to boost your appreciation and support of the arts is to experience as many performances as possible. Be open-minded and you never know which new genres you will discover.
To save money, opt for cheaper seats or buy last-minute tickets from discount websites.
If you can’t afford original paintings from your favorite painters, consider their smaller works, sketches or limited edition prints. Whether you opt for lower priced works from the newest indie unknowns or the lower priced works by more successful artists, you will always be supporting the arts — and that supports the economy both local and national.
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Get to know the artists. All of the arts are about communication. Forming relationships with artists and artisans, studying art appreciation and encouraging those that are growing in their arts also improves the quality of your own life. From furnishings and objects that you enjoy more than mass produced goods, to the social success of becoming more refined and knowledgeable to the inner spiritual growth that comes from awareness of beauty, supporting the arts will enrich your life in more ways than you would expect.
Tips
Share your own artwork with others. There are chemists who are poets, lawyers who are actors and doctors who are painters. Speak up for the arts within your profession, trade and job, to allow others to feel that it’s not only okay to be creative but to also make the time to exercise creativity.
Watch artsy TV. Currently, the only artsy TV network in the USA is Ovation TV.
Things You’ll Need
Books
Transportation
Computer
Internet connection
Television
Money
supplies:
For Drawing and Painting:
pastels
pencils
easel
sketchbook
canvas
For Photography:
camera
photo editing software
photo printing paper
photo printer
For Ballet:
ballet school/teacher
music
ballet bar
For Filming:
camera(s)
scripts (drama)
word processing software (scriptwriting)
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How to Be Talented in Multiple Areas
Co-authored by Paul Chernyak, LPC
Updated: March 28, 2019

Setting out to increase your talents and abilities in multiple disciplines is an audacious endeavor. It’s also very feasible to accomplish. In fact, it’s far easier to become talented in multiple areas than you may expect. Practicing the skills you wish to improve upon, maintaining a positive mindset, and broadening your base of interest and knowledge can all help you be talented in all sorts of ways.

Method One of Three:
Developing Multiple Talents with Practice

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Practice. Whatever it is you’re trying to be talented at, you know you have to practice. This is especially true if you hope to be talented in multiple areas. Fortunately, you may not need to practice quite as much as you think, and can likely make the time to practice multiple skills every day. In order to get the most out of the time you put in, you have to focus on what you’re hoping to learn.
Practice two different skills 40-45 minutes each, every day for a month.
Don’t worry if you miss a day of practicing one of your talents once in a while. If you practice each skill almost every day for a month, you’ll have put in about 20 hours of focused practice on improving each of the talents you hope to develop![1]

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Deconstruct the talents you hope to acquire. In order to practice deliberately and efficiently, you need to make sure you are absolutely focused during practice. One way to help maximize the efficiency of your practice time is to deconstruct the talents you hope to improve upon into specific skills.
Ask yourself; What, specifically, do you need to be good at in order to be more talented at whatever ability you’re developing?
Choose specific objectives to achieve each time you sit down to practice something. Repeat a small task or process many, many times until you’ve mastered it.[2] For instance, if you’re trying to improve your ability to play a sport, choose an extremely basic aspect of playing that sport and spend 45 minutes straight on just that specific aspect.
For example, if you’re hoping to become a better soccer player, dribble a soccer ball back and forth on the field with just one foot.
If you’re hoping to improve your talent as a basketball player, shoot only lay-ups.
Deconstructing your effort to improve one talent will help you improve other talents as well. Following the sports example, doing anything physically active will get you in better shape and improve your coordination, both of which will increase your physical abilities generally.

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Practice until you can self-correct. Practice enough so that you are able to both notice and correct errors in your execution of a particular ability. (Once you’ve completed a disciplined practice routine, during which you practice almost daily for a month, you will likely reach this point.)
Moving forward, your practice will become more efficient. This is because you have gained a solid base of knowledge from which your talent will more naturally progress.
For instance, if you’re hoping to improve your ability to play an instrument, practice playing the same single notes or chord so frequently than you automatically know exactly what you did wrong when the sound is even a little bit off.
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Be consistent and persistent. Dabbling and practicing are different things. Jogging or painting twice a week are fun and healthy things to do, but in order to acquire talent, you need to be more disciplined in your pursuit of improvement. Something that may help you be persistent is choosing two very different talents to practice and improve upon during the same time period.
Get in the groove of practicing at the same time of day each day.
Try practicing skills related to two talents you’re hoping to improve upon back-to-back. Get in the habit of practicing one talent then immediately practicing the other.
For example, right when you get home from a daily run, sit down to paint. Grouping your practice sessions together will encourage you to do both consistently.
Work on two widely different talents to increase the variety of your daily activities. Following the example used in this step, doing something active like running pairs well with something creative and contemplative, like painting.
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Remove distractions during practice. Do not rely entirely on willpower to focus adequately during practice time. Here are a few tips to ensure your practice time is free of interruption:
Set aside a block of time devoted exclusively to practice and commit to practicing for that full length of time. Set a timer if you’d like.
Turn your phone on silent.
Make sure there are no screens running in your vicinity (unless you’re using them to help you practice).
If you have music playing, consider choosing something without lyrics.
Method Two of Three:
Maintaining a Talent-Inducing Mindset
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Defy negative thoughts. In order to maintain talent in multiple areas, train yourself to prevent negative thoughts that can diminish your ability to work towards achieving the multiple goals you set for yourself. There are several ways to rid your mind of negative thinking:[3]
Overcome fear. Audacious, yes. But reflect on what’s holding you back. The most common barriers to acquiring talent are based on your emotions.[4] Recognize this and prevent emotional perspectives, such as fear, from preventing you from pursuing whatever talent you wish to acquire.
Filter out the negative. We tend to filter out the positive and be overly concerned with the negative, especially in terms of our perspective on our own abilities. Don’t fall for this mental trap. Contemplate your room for improvement only so far as it motivates you to continue improving.
Recognize the middle ground. Abandon the concept of perfection. Don’t think that you must be perfect at something to consider yourself talented.
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Strengthen your position with positive thinking. Optimism isn’t going to make you good at anything on its own, but it will help. Recognize that it is objectively within your control to decide how to think about something, especially goals you set for yourself and your ability to accomplish them.
Respond to negative thoughts that arise by re-framing them in equally true, but more positive perspectives. For instance:[5]
Instead of thinking, “I’ve never done this before, and it seems hard,” think, “Here’s an opportunity to learn, and there are a few different ways to approach this.”
Instead of thinking, “I’m too lazy” or “There’s no way I can do that,” tell yourself, “I haven’t put enough time into this, but I can at least try it and see how it goes.”
Finally, don’t get discouraged by thoughts about how slowly your talents are improving. Decide to tell yourself that it’s worth one more try.
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Practice the thinking part too. Even convincing yourself to favor positive thinking takes practice. It will pay off though. Become less critical of the world around you, and of yourself, simply by repeating positive sentiments to yourself and pushing away negative thoughts.
Maintaining a positive mindset will not only improve your mood, but will help motivate you to stick with the hard work required to acquire new talents.[6]
Method Three of Three:
Broadening Your Ability to Gain Talent Generally
1
Monitor your progress. Know that focused practice will not always be fun. Realizing the development of your talents, however, will be. Take note of and appreciate your achievements – such as a new personal record mile time or a particularly compelling painting.
If there are tangible indications of your progress (perhaps especially paintings), place them in locations you will frequently see them in order to motivate yourself to continue practicing and improving upon your talents!
2
Rest. Keep your mind and body ready to practice with focus and energy. More to the point, rest strategically. If the talent you’re trying to improve requires intense physical activity or mental focus, you’re going to have to keep your mind and body conditioned enough to practice effectively.[7]
This may actually require that you do take off one day a week. This is important to do if it improves your ability to practice effectively for the rest of the week.
3
Accept that innate skill is less significant than practice and perseverance. Even the abilities some people seem to be born with come more from training than from inborn talent.[8] This is true for athletes, musicians, and mathematicians!
Know you’ll need some grit. Psychologists have come to use the term “grit” when referring to an attribute held by successful people. Grit indicates both perseverance and passion in pursuing long-term goals.[9]
Overcoming adversity in pursuit of developing your skills also positively contributes to improve your talents more generally. When facing challenges that others might not have to deal with, tell yourself that by overcoming them, you’ll have a step up on everyone else.
4
Improve upon talents that interest you. Even scientists aren’t sure about how to increase talent. The question of how we become good at things is still largely unanswered. We do know that people who are exposed to things that they become drawn to naturally and who then become immersed in those things end up being good at them. With training and practice, people who are already into something become especially good at it. Accept the significance of these findings and act accordingly:[10]
Observe and play without inhibition. Inspiration and curiosity will inevitably hit you and you’ll end up pursuing talents you’ll be interested in enough to stick with.
Ignore the technical aspects of the talent you’re hoping to acquire. You can bring in the technical aspects of perfecting your abilities once you’re committed.
Don’t try to judge where your interests are coming from.
Avoiding these tendencies will allow your more creative and emotional aspirations to get you hooked on something.
5
Read. Reading is a great place to start learning about how you can become more talented in multiple ways. One of the main benefits here is perking your curiosity and motivating yourself to pursue new ways to expand your talents, or to pursue new talents altogether.
Becoming interested in something you’ve read is seen as an indication that you may take especially well to the material.[11] If you become interested in something new, throw yourself at it.
There are literal advantages to reading too: you learn about language and writing, about whatever era of history is relevant to the book, and, of course, about the content contained in the book. You’re immediately more knowledgeable about all sorts of stuff, just by dragging your eyes back and forth across a page and interpreting a bunch of printed words!
Of course, nothing compares to hands-on experience. Whatever you read about that appeals to you, practice doing it yourself and develop a new talent!
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Paul Chernyak, LPC
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This article was co-authored by Paul Chernyak, LPC. Paul Chernyak is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago. He graduated from the American School of Professional Psychology in 2011.
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Updated: March 28, 2019
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References
↑http://changethis.com/manifesto/106.06.FirstHours/pdf/106.06.FirstHours.pdf
↑https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness/201308/new-theory-elite-performance-0
↑http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=2
↑http://changethis.com/manifesto/106.06.FirstHours/pdf/106.06.FirstHours.pdf
↑http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=2
↑http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=2
↑https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness/201308/new-theory-elite-performance-0
↑https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness/201308/new-theory-elite-performance-0
↑https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness/201308/new-theory-elite-performance-0
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