What to Remember While Learning a New Skill

The current lockdown has highlighted a critical point we knew but often swept under the carpet—the importance of skilling up.

Because times may be tough and situations may become difficult. But no matter what, your skills are something no one can snatch from you.

The below post is a guest post by Sanjeevani Jadhav from Simandhar Education

Have you decided to learn a new language? Want to learn to play the piano? Too afraid to learn how to code but now you want to? Fed up with pursuing CA and planning to get a CPA certification instead?

Excellent!

Time spent doing an enjoyable activity increases your happiness and satisfaction. Your mind gets refreshed, your brain activity increases, and you feel energetic and enthusiastic. Also, in this fast-paced world, you certainly need to upgrade yourself to stay relevant.

Having fun while learning is important to succeed in your goal. You can allow yourself to learn without any external obligation or motivation through the art of learning with joy. It enables you to analyze topics and understand the fundamentals. It’s in human nature to be curious and we get to the depths of anything we enjoy while learning.

Here are a few things in mind while pursuing this novel goal.

Remember your WHY

Passion, curiosity, advice, envy: anything can be the driving force behind you wanting to learn a new skill.

The fondness for art, intrigue towards a subject, counsel from a friend, or that arch-nemesis who considers himself better than you. You can make an informed decision by considering the pros and cons and weighing them against your capability. The more you know why you’re doing something, the easier it becomes to stick to what it.

Learn things that bring you happiness, and help you build a well-rounded personal life and a successful career! You can meet new people, come across new ideas, and challenge your perspective by becoming more culturally aware with a bonus cookie of developing your network and negotiation skills.

The Importance of a Mentor

Of course, you can do it on your own. Yet getting the right coaching is essential to increase your chances of success.

A mentor is indispensable for providing knowledge, motivation, advice, counsel, and, above all, encouragement when you need it the most! He/she creates the necessary boundaries that you cannot set for yourself. George Lucas, a filmmaker, and philanthropist remarked, “Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults that we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” Constructive criticism paves the way towards improvement.

Many times, your mind wanders around pursuing ideas of little to no importance. Mentors help you judge the potential of your idea and determine if it is worth pursuing. Narrowing down the options can eliminate wastage of time & effort. Since they have “Been there, done that”, they are accurate in predicting the outcome of the said pursuit. Again, they have made mistakes that they can help you avoid.

The 4 Ps

Practice

“Practice maketh a man perfect”, they say. Upon taking any task, it’s important to practice and navigate different corners and get familiar with pitfalls, shortcuts, and key areas you should focus on. Practice allows you to understand and memorize the core idea of the task so as to further implement newer strategies to even more complex problems.

Patience

If you lack patience, everything you have worked on may go in vain. Instant results are never guaranteed and expecting them can worsen the situation. Staying calm, cool, and composed makes you attentive and responsive. You can pay attention to detail, take corrective measures, and improve rather than losing interest in the new venture that you’ve undertaken.

Perseverance

Patience and perseverance are two qualities that are somewhat linked together. Although the difference is: Patience suggests tolerance or endurance of difficult situations. On the other hand, perseverance suggests a determination to strive to achieve his target. Having perseverance is necessary in order to keep going on with determination in the hope of achieving results. Needless to say, this key trait is vital for you as you try to learn something new.

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is necessary to keep going when results aren’t going your way. Success isn’t gained overnight and hence, you need a positive outlook to maneuver through failures and keep working towards your goal.

The Right Balance

Play here can be taken to be learning that new skill. Maintaining the right balance of work and play is necessary so as to keep your mental strength and replenish your mind with fresh ideas. Ideas tend to come from the least obvious of places and hence, work and learning something new at the same time can offer great insights. It doesn’t mean that you dedicate all your time to learning a new skill.

Therefore, find the right balance and prioritize. Play allows you to relax and rejuvenate your mental strength and focus; work helps you be accountable and responsible.

Mistakes are lessons

Positive results are rarely achieved in one go. Mistakes should be treated as lessons, as building blocks toward positive growth or progress. You may not know what to do going forward, but you certainly know what not to do, all thanks to your mistakes. Remember, to err is human. Don’t get disheartened because you went wrong somewhere, treat it as a learning opportunity.

Summing Up

Learning a new skill is an expedition into the unknown.

You are, in essence, facing your fears by leaving your comfort zone and venturing into this fascinating unfamiliar territory. And you are bound to find much more than you anticipated.

The first step is always the most difficult. So take a leap of faith and have trust in your skills to march forward.

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