Sunday, May 18, 2014

Four Things You'll Need to Learn a New Skill

Learning a new skill is not a requirement in leading a successful life. However, it can increase the probability of success especially if the skill you ought to learn is connected to your work or daily existence. There are at least four things which you must have to learn a new skill. These are motivation, knowledge, application and evaluation.

Motivation - Yes, you have the desire to learn a new skill. But, are you motivated to do so amidst frustrations and struggles. It's not all about beginning or starting on something. It's about finishing what you started and  learning in the process. If you want to learn how to bike, would stop after a couple of falls?

Knowledge - What do you need to do or have to learn the new skill you have in mind? Do you need a coach? Do you need instructional videos? Do you need to purchase certain tools? Research about all these.

Application - So, you have watched a tutorial video on how to bike down a slope. What are you going to do next? Get up and apply the mechanics you learned from the video. Watching won't make you a good biker; practicing will.

Evaluation - After a period of practice, evaluate how your skill is doing. You might need a coach or a trainer to get things done the right way. Such a professional can also help you decide whether to stop or pursue the new skill you're learning. Let's face it. Not all of us are tailor-fit to do all things.