I love learning – it’s part of my DNA to find new things to do and learn how to do them.
Drawing (although I’m still bad at it), photography, videos, writing, book publishing, lawyering, guitar, piano, woodwork and much more – I love learning stuff.
So what I know with absolute certainty is that most of the time learning something new occupies these main phases:
- the excitement of commencement;
- the grind of hard work;
- the comfort of achievement.
Where many people, myself included, get stuck, is in the transition from excitement to grind.
Because all of a sudden, the gloss of fun has worn off, and I realise that to get any better beyond the absolutely basics I need to put in a whole bunch of work.
And then the grind begins.
I have to admit, sometimes I simply give up when I hit the grind. It gets too hard, and I’ve got too much to do, and Thing X simply isn’t worth the bother.
But when I persevere, I always end up glad that I did.
What about you – do you persevere, or just run when it gets too hard?