Few years ago I watched a movie called “yes man”, a year after I read two books “switch” and “mindset” and since then I embarked on a journey to try and learn as many things as possible, today my list of talents, hobbies and things I enjoy doing extends from playing the guitar to public speaking and includes singing, capaoira, dancing “not professional yet”, chess, leadership and meditation.
During this period I realized that the real talent I have acquired is called “learning” or “the passion to learn”, one might argue that learning as an act couldn’t be a talent, therefor I am not going to disagree instead I will explain and leave it to you the reader to accept or not.
Learning something consist in simple terms of knowing the basics of the thing you want to learn and understanding the process of learning.
Take singing as an example, for many of us singing seems like something either you know or you don’t the truth is singing is
- Understanding the basic of music tune, rhythm and beat
- Learning how to breath in the right way
- Understanding your voice range
On top of all that, the understanding that learning anything will take time, and mastering it takes even longer, you might have heard of the 10,000 hours rule.
Above all learning and especially in the beginning take patience and dealing with the frustration in the early stages of it, the uncertainty whether you are doing the right thing or not or are you going to really be good at it. So why do I call “learning” a talent, I do because my brain had become better to the process that he doesn’t doubt he will get there anymore, my brain is also extremely tolerant to the learning frustrations to the extent that I barely feel it anymore.
I will conclude my post listing what I would call my “recipe” to master learning
- Try to learn as many things as you could like the yes man say yes to opportunities
- Have faith that you can learn anything, your mindset is highly influential over your learning
- Yes learning at the beginning is frustrating, your brain is going through an unknown territory, there is nothing the human brain hate as much as the unknown, constant learning ease that process
So what are you waiting for get comfortable, have an open mind and start the learning.