“ANYONE WHO STOPS LEARNING IS OLD, WHETHER AT TWENTY OR EIGHTY.” —HENRY FORD
I’m a jack of all trades, master of none type of guy. I have random various skills such as being able to play the guitar, muscle up, photography, handstand walk, and being able to code in Java. Part of it comes from graduating from a liberal arts school. Another is because I’m genuinely curious about certain subjects and want to learn it. Knowing all these subjects has made life easier for me. Imagine if life is an RPG game( Like Final Fantasy or Pokemon) and my stats in handstanding are high. Useless stat, I know, but it’s’ fun and keeps my physical stat in check. Here’s how you can learn to be well rounded too. It doesn’t have to be handstands, but it could be about finances, coding, or music.
Know the Fundamentals:
You can look at life as a game. For this game, I’ll switch from RPG to basketball. Tim Duncan, one of the quietest superstars in the game’s history, is nicknamed “The Big Fundamental.” Duncan earned the nickname because he was never flashy in-game. He was actually kinda boring. But, he was highly efficient at what he does. He’s a five-time NBA Champion(Kobe won five and Michael Jordan won six for comparison) and 15-time all-NBA (Top 15 offensive players) and 15-time All-NBA defensive (Top 15 defensive players) and two time MVP. He mastered the basics to the extreme. The basics of basketball are: shooting a basketball, dribbling, rebounding (grabbing it), and passing. He doesn’t shoot shots from the logo like Stephen Curry, nor do behind the back passes like LeBron James, but he can get the ball in his hands into the bucket and get the ball into his teammates’ hands with ease. Duncan became “The Big Fundamental” because he mastered each skill to the best he can and his individual achievements show.
Likewise, learning a new subject is the same approach. Find the basics and master them. Say you’re learning guitar for example. The basics of playing a guitar are notes and rhythm. You learn notes by learning chords and you learn rhythm by learning to strum. When you master both, you can learn ANY song by just googling it.
The fundamentals of a subject are the building blocks of the subject. Once you have the solid foundation of fundamentals everything else falls into place and is easier to build.
10,000 Hour Rule:
The next thing is PRACTICE. The 10,000 Hour Rule was conceptualized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers and popularized by Macklemore for a song of the same name. Practice spending time on this subject. You’ve gotta give everything else up and invest your time in this. You’ve also got to practice on the right thing because if you’re practicing the wrong thing, you’re in the habit of failure.
I love basketball and the things you can learn from it, so I’m gonna continue. Kobe Bryant (five-time NBA champion) was known for his work ethic. He sees practice as the chance to outwork his opponents and peers. He does 3-4 workouts per day compared to 1-2 his teammates do. In a month, Kobe will have about 90-120 workouts compared to 30-60. Kobe spent most of his time practicing his craft and he won five-championships.
You don’t have to be like Kobe and make 3/4 of your day devoted to your craft. That’s insane. You’ve gotta dedicate time to this craft and commit to it each day.
The best way to improve is to look back and observe yourself. If you want to get better at public speaking, record yourself and watch yourself. Notice the mistakes you make and embrace them. These mistakes happen so you know what not to do next time. If it’s a performance-based activity, find someone to give you feedback. If you spoke in front of your best friend and they noticed you said “uhhhhhhh” a lot and told you, then you’d most likely pay attention to that next time and would avoid doing that bad habit. Observation and feedback are the best things to do after practicing the craft.
Golden Age of Information:
YouTube is my favorite teacher. This is how I find crazy, random things to learn and do. I’m a visual guy. I’ve learned most of my photo editing and music skills here. There’s a ton of people offering their free resources for you to grow. There are many more free resources out there, you just gotta find what works for you!
Have A Student Mindset:
If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Always continue to learn, even when you’re out of school. I’ll read books, watch videos, and interview other people to become a better person. So I invite you, to expand your skillset and learn something new. Here’s how I approach learning these skills and I hope you use it!