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The Power of Accelerated Learning: A Harvard Experiment and the 100-Day Challenge

Earlier today, while lecturing at Harvard Business School (HBS), I presented a unique challenge to my students: create and sell an NFT within 40 minutes. The experiment was a testament to their capabilities and the power of focused, rapid learning. Surprisingly, one student succeeded, sparking a profound realization about the potential of accelerated learning.

The internet has democratized education in our digital age, enabling anyone to learn almost anything. This idea was reinforced when I saw Paul Graham's tweet about Replit's "100 Days of Code" tutorial.

It made me ponder deeply: What could one learn if given 100 days to dive into a new skill? How could this learning reshape our personal and professional lives?

For me, the answer lies in revisiting coding. While I'm well-versed in digital creativity, particularly with Adobe tools, coding is a frontier I seldom explore daily. The thought of dedicating 100 days to coding is intriguing. It's not about becoming a computer scientist but about empowering myself to build and expand digital realms, like apps and websites.

This journey of learning coding in 100 days is more than just acquiring a new skill. It's about exploring the depths of a discipline and understanding its nuances. It's about challenging oneself to step out of one’s comfort zone and embrace the unfamiliar.

So, what would you choose to learn if you had 100 days? How would this learning transform your perspective and skill set? As I experienced with my HBS students and as I plan for my own 100-day coding challenge, it's clear that the accelerated learning journey is not just about the destination but also the transformation along the way.