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This week’s addition to the change your life series involves learning new skills. This objective is very different to Part 3 – Get Knowledge as it concentrates on working on practical skills instead of understanding something. However, hopefully the two can go hand-in-hand!
Teach Yourself New Skills
Do you consider yourself a skilled individual? Would you call a plumber if the hot water stopped working, or would you start investigating the heating unit with the help of google? Do you take your computer into the shop when it breaks, or do you research articles online until you can find a fix yourself? Can you change a tire, a fuse or install electric fittings? It’s time to become more practical.
The aim of this post is to take up a hobby / hobbies which is inline with your interest(s). This will give you the motivation and will be sure to entertain you as you learn. Contrary, maybe you want to take up a hobby in order to save you money. Got an old car that needs some work? Teach yourself to be a mechanic; House in need of renovating? Learn to plaster – you get the idea. The internet is teaming with resources: Askmen, Lifehacker, wikihow, ehow etc. Sign up for some newsletters if you need some inspiration.
You don’t have to learn complicated new skills; the potential is endless. Compile your own list. Ask your spouse/friends/colleagues if they would be interested in learning some with you. Go out and practice them. Keep challenging yourself to learn; some skills will interest you, some will not. This will keep your mind active and fresh. Man was born to be active and not to sit at a computer all day. Do you think cave men knew about ergonomics? I think not…
When you learn a new skill, make sure your practice it regularly. I promise you that you will feel incredible for having achieved something. What’s even more is that great feeling that you will get when you demonstrate your new skill in front of others who don’t even know where to start. There is no better way to impress.
Furthermore and best of all, you might even evolve these skills into a business and one day find yourself making money.
Here are some of the things I want to learn:
- Shuffle a deck of cards like a pro – It just looks wicked!!
- Knit – I have always been amazed by this
- Design an App for iPhone / Android – Ever since I watched a TEDx talk by a young kid who designed the Bieber basher app I have wanted to learn
- Underwater Photography – As some of you know, I want to run a dive school one day and I want to learn how to take the perfect underwater photograph
- Start a fire – From scratch… I used to try and rub 2 sticks together as a kid but always gave up
- Poi – Inspired by the Thai performers
- Pick a lock – just for the heck of it
- Do a backflip – Stems from childhood
- Handstand pushups – This would be a great physical achievement
OVER TO YOU: What skill have you always wanted to learn and why?