How To Learn New Skills

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I worked out yesterday, for the first time in about two months. It felt horrible. By my second squat, I was giving myself a motivational speech in my head about how to get through the next 8 of them.

But the incredible thing about trying new tasks and skills is that you’re 100% capable of achieving them. If you dive head first with no “what ifs” left behind, you’re already one step closer to conquering that skill than you were yesterday. In my first SoulCycle class, I thought I was going to pass out and need to be dragged out the the room. And now I sit in the front row.

So you want to be a writer? Write every day. Here’s a site to help you do that. 

So you want to be a real estate agent? Take the test to get your license. 

So you want to be a baker? Pick up a part-time job at a local bakery. 

So you want to learn how to play soccer? Join a local league. 

So you want to run a marathon? Start training.

So you want to travel the world? Start saving. 

So you want to learn Chinese? Check out a Chinese language book from the library. 

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MENTAL BLOCKS

90% of the reason people fail is because they don’t start. No, you’re not as talented as you wish you were. No, you’re not going to be an expert on your first try. But, you can’t become the person you want to be by staying the person you are. And you can’t accomplish the laundry list of things you want to accomplish by doing the same thing you do every day.

LACK OF TIME

New skills take time. You can’t just decide you want to be a filmmaker, and then become a filmmaker on your first try. It takes dedicated time over a consistent period if you want to even scratch the surface. But once you scratch the surface, you make a dent, and then you make a carving, and then you become a filmmaker. Unfortunately, most people really do not have time; they have kids to take care of, school to attend, long hours at work, etc. But if you make the time, you can become anything you want to be.

LACK OF PATIENCE

Becoming the person you want to become is not easy. It’s not a walk in the park. You’re going to fail, you’re going to get mad, you’re going to take more steps back than you take forward. But if failure causes you to stop putting one foot in front of the other, then the failure has won. Every successful person has failed, but they got back up and they put one foot in front of the other.

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LYNDA – Online classes for everything from computer programming to business development

SKILLSHARE – Online creative classes taught by artists all over the world

CREATIVE LIVE – Live classes on everything from photography to creative writing

MASTERCLASS – Skills taught by experts in the field

CRAFTSY – Online craft classes

So.. what skill are YOU going to learn?