The Steps of Learning a New Skill

Learning a new skill may seem like a challenge for some but honestly, it shouldn’t be. Back when we were kids, there were always kids who were faster and stronger than others but then again, those were the only measurements of skill back then? Now we have a lot of different types of skills we can learn. Learning is something we do every day whether we like it or not.

As human beings, we are naturally information feeders. We absorb information every now and then. Whether it be from watching a movie, reading a book, or maybe just reading a menu. Our whole lives are spent around learning! Now, why shouldn’t we learn something new? One answer is that it is hard to learn a new skill. Yes, it is hard, but it is not impossible.

Learning comes after these three stages:

1. You know nothing
Let’s say you’ve never touched a guitar in your life then you suddenly came across this song that made you think to yourself, I want to play guitar so bad! Where do you start? Naturally, you start by learning the basics. When you know nothing, it is easy to become hungry for knowledge and this is something that you should always do. Do not be overwhelmed by the multitude of information. Just take it one step at a time.

2. You think you know everything
Maybe this doesn’t apply to all of us, but for some of us, we reach a point where we think to ourselves, I’m good. This is one of the most destructive stages in the learning process. This blocks out all potential information to get inside your head and instead of actually being able to learn something, you might just say “I already know enough.” Well, newsflash! Nobody knows enough. There is still so much to learn! Do not settle for what you know if you are truly passionate about something. Comfortability kills passion and once you’ve become comfortable, you will never grow.

3. You realize you know nothing
At last, let’s say you reach that humbling moment when you realize that there is always somebody better than you. What do you do now? You hit the books! Once you realized that you know nothing, this will bring you back to the start when you were hungry for knowledge and would go to great extents just to learn a little bit more! Refuel your passion and go back to becoming a student. There is no such thing as a master, there are only better students. Who knows, someday you might even be able to surpass those you looked up to.

Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be that hard.