Achieve more by practicing less

Hi There!

In this email I want you to teach you something very interesting.

How to achieve more, by practicing less.

This is a life principle that not only applies to drawing, but for every other area of your life.

Yes, you can achieve more by doing less.

But, to do less leg work, you need to do more brain work.

That is the difference between hard work and smart work.

And in this post, I want to explain how this system works, and how you can apply it.

We will talk about:

  • The Pareto Principle
  • The focusing question
  • How to apply it


What is the Pareto Principle?

The pareto principle is also known as the 80/20 rule.

It states that 80% of the results are created by 20% of the effort.

This principle was created by Econnomist Vilfredo Pareto.

He observed that in Italy, in 1896, 80% of the effects came from 20% of the causes.

So, with this in mind, you should know that not everything is important to do.

This principle is also known as “The Law of the Vital Few”.

If you have no idea where to start, or what to draw, and you just start drawing anything at random, you will get some progress in your skill.

But, if for some luck you manage to draw something that is in the 20% of the important things you need to do, you will get way more results than someone handling the unimportant.

That is, instead of doing 80 drawing exercises that don’t matter that much, if you focus on doing only 20 super important exercises that will boost your skill, what do you think is going to happen?

Well, you will get 80% of the possible results.

And if the other person does the other 80 unimportant exercises, she will get 20% of the results.

So, how do you find that 20%?

Using the focusing question.


In Gary Keller’s book, the One Thing, he talks about how you can achieve more by practicing less.

The way to achieve this is precisely finding the most important things to do, instead of trying to accomplish everything.

What you need to do is take the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle, and push it to the extreme until you find the 1 thing that will get you the most results.

For this you can apply the focusing question:

What’s the 1 thing I can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?

If you notice, this question doesn’t ask for a result.

It’s not, “What’s the 1 thing I can achieve…”

No, it asks for an ACTION.

“What’s the 1 thing I can DO…”

And then, this is what makes this question hard to answer: “Such that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?”

For example, with so many students, the one thing they need to do to improve their animations is to draw more.

They try to find shortcuts, and easy quick fixes, but their animation and taste for good backgrounds can only improve when they learn how to draw.

Once they become good at drawing, they can be better at selecting better backgrounds, better camera angles, better colors. Why? Because by drawing often and with the intention of getting better, they increase their visual intelligence.


Now, if you are already decided that you want to draw more, then you need to ask:

What is the 1 thing you can practice in drawing that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?

Is it the human body? Is it faces? Is it the eyes?

What is it?

What can you draw, the 1 thing you can draw over and over, such that by drawing it, will make everything else easier or unnecessary?

That question will force you to think and find the most important drawing activity that will get you the best results possible.

The fastest way to find the most important things to practice specifically for your skill, is with feedback from a coach or mentor.

Hope this post helps you get the most of your practice so you can start accelerating the development of your talent.

Take care!