Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Cycle of Learning

It is never fun to learn to do something new, particularly if you are trying to figure it out by yourself.  I am starting a side-project and while I have had some experience in this area, this is a new slant on what I have done before. 

This leads to frustrated screams at my computer screen as I try to just intimidate it into compliance. As we all know, this does not work at all, but it is a great stress reliever. 

While there is the impulse to give up or pay someone else to do this, I caution against such things. If you chicken out and avoid doing something, you cheat yourself of the learning process. 

By learning to do something, anything, you increase what you are capable of doing. By increasing what you are capable of doing, you then can do more and greater things. This will then increase what you are capable of doing and so the cycle continues. 

The real fun comes after you start to get the hang of things. Once you know what does what and why, then you can start playing around with what used to frustrate you and make it do what you want it to do. I always like to make things do what they were never intended to do . . . but that’s me.

The point of today’s blog is that you just need to get out and learn something new. You may need to force yourself to stick with it, but it is worth it. For me, when I am frustrated, a quick Google Search gives me a nudge in the right direction. 

Another hint is that when you are really stuck, step back and ask yourself what you want to want to do, and question if there is a different way to do what you are trying to do. 

Don’t get so fixated on one course of action that you miss out the five other avenues to get to the same place. As long as you can do what you wanted to do in the first place, that’s a win!

I will update you all on the side-project when it is ready. Until then . . . 

Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

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