Need to level up your skills but don’t know where to start? Overwhelmed with information, or struggling from a lack of it? Here’s a step-by-step guide to mastering any skill you care to learn.
Learning new skills is, in itself, a vital life skill, especially if you want to live a rich, successful life. And the process of learning something new can feel daunting, confusing and frustrating at times. Use as many of these ideas as you need to get a grip of any technique – just don’t miss number six!
1 – Accept being bad at first
It’s likely there’s a few things that you seem to have a natural talent for; even at the first attempt everything just flows. For everything else, when you first try it, you’re going to be bad. Get over it! It doesn’t mean that you are bad, it means you’re trying something new, and that’s good.
Most people’s first efforts at riding a bike or skateboard result in a few cuts and bruises. And the first time you try playing a videogame or driving a car there’s way too many things to remember and the controls are confusing. Pretty much everything in life is the same, so embrace being bad at the beginning.
2 – Watch the playthroughs
What do you do when you can’t figure out getting to the next level on your platform game? You go to YouTube and watch a playthrough, right? This works for other skills too. For any technique you want to master there will videos, often hundreds of videos, on YouTube showing you how to do it.
If YouTube doesn’t do it then Google “How to (your skill)” and find a tutorial. If it’s worth learning then someone will have written a blog post about it
3 – Take a course
While it’s true that you can learn about almost anything on the internet for free, there are times when it’s worth paying. If you take a course you’ll get all the information you need, in one place. And you’ll find out about things you didn’t know you needed to learn.
Go to Udemy, Skillshare or Lynda and you’ll find a huge range of courses. When you first sign up with Udemy you’ll be able to buy many professionally produced, highly detailed courses for just $10.
4 – Read a book
If you want to go really deep on a subject then books are still the way to go, even for computer and internet based skills. And for some of us, taking in and referencing information from a book just makes more sense.
Search Amazon for the skill you want to learn. Someone will have written about it. Get 2 or 3 books on the subject for a broader range of knowledge. If you can’t afford to buy the books then go to the library.
5 – Use the community
Any skill worth learning will have a community where people are talking about it, sharing ideas, answering questions and solving problems. You won’t be the only person trying to figure this out!
Search Google for “(your skill) forum” and check out a few links. Search for your skill on Facebook and filter by Groups; there will be a Facebook Group, or several, dedicated to it. Ask good questions and people will happily help you.
6 – Practice, practice, practice
Gaining expertise in any area takes years. Getting to the point where you can use a new skill to make money, however, might only take months, weeks or even days. And either way it’s just a matter of practice.
At first you’ll be slow, make ‘stupid’ mistakes and frequently have to start over. And that’s okay. The more you practice the better you get, until you’re quick and rarely make mistakes. It sounds so obvious, but the key is, you do actually have to do the practice; you won’t magically get better just by reading or watching videos about it. Practice!
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