Take The First Step

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If you make your living online you already know how important it is to be continually learning, but if you are anything like me, you come up with a million reasons to put it off for another time. That time never comes…

Not Enough Money Right Now?

There have never been more free online resources than there are right now. Spend a few minutes searching Google and I bet you will find multiple options for free training for just about any subject you need help with.

This is especially true for software you may use, coding languages you need to improve your skills with, web and graphic design, photography and image editors, computer skills and much more. If you are willing to invest a little time searching and asking others, I am willing to bet you can find what you’re looking for.

Not Enough Time To Learn?

This really comes down to making a decision to just do it. If the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, doesn’t it make sense that would be the same way you would start tackling a new skill you want to learn?

This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours dedicated to learning daily. It simply means you need to make a commitment to yourself and stick to it, even if you can only find one hour a week. Yes, it will take you longer to accomplish your goal, but let me ask you this. How long will it take if you never start?

It’s Too Difficult?

This excuse drives me the craziest because the fact is, if you WANT to learn it, you will. You may need to start with very basic tutorials, but it can be done simply by putting your mind to it and asking for help when you need it.

So tell me, what are you waiting for? Take the first step!

J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com

  1. M.-J. TaylorM.-J. Taylor05-20-2011

    I like the synchronicity of Recent Tweet I see in the right column: Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (MLK Jr.) Learning something new requires that same sort of leap, doesn’t it?

    • CricketCricket05-20-2011

      It sure does. Sometimes I think maybe we put off learning new things because we are afraid to fail, but heck, we have nothing to lose by trying new things! :)

  2. Jim TsapJim Tsap05-21-2011

    The fear of failure is the most important reason of not taking the first step. Even if I don’t realise it, I find myself comparing with the most succefull ones. This is wrong! No need to compare your self, no need to fear. It’s just another self-strugle with our inner concience. The higher your faith is on yourself, the faster you will start climbing ANY staircase you want. So don’t give up learning new things. Internet is a school-heaven for all of us… and it’s free!

  3. Doc SheldonDoc Sheldon05-21-2011

    I like your “one bite at a time” analogy, Cricket. That’s how I have learned many things in my life, that seemed very intimidating at first. After a while, when you realize how much you’ve learned about a subject, the intimidation is replaced by a sense of accomplishment.

    Heck, I’ve even nearly managed to potty-train myself, with virtually no help at all! ;)

  4. DreamrageDreamrage05-22-2011

    Definitely. I’ve always told friends that you can get so much further when you broaden their knowledge in their fields. I try to implement that same approach to my own areas and I have to admit, it’s scary as all heck, but worth it in the end when you see the results at the end. The best thing to do is really want to do something badly enough to go after it with everything you have in you. Faith, belief, strength, it all comes into play when you try to better yourself. Faith in believing you can do this, the belief that things will improve exponentially when you have finished, and the strength to follow through with it no matter how hard it all gets.

  5. VictorVictor05-23-2011

    The only bad thing about tech related stuff is it is always changing you need to constantly learn new things. Also I don’t understand why software makers don’t try come up with a standard user interface, so it would make learning new software easier.

  6. ToddTodd07-03-2011

    Spending time figuring out what to work on do to information and project overload is a pretty common problem too. Organization, and staying organized I have found greatly helps but it takes time too! Deciding what to do “now” is often challenging itself.

  7. couposcoupos07-26-2011

    I like the synchronicity of Recent Tweet I see in the right column: Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (MLK Jr.) Learning something new requires that same sort of leap, doesn’t it?

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