Learning New Things : Pick the Right Thing to Learn

I think at this point in the series it’s pretty obvious that you need to do a lot of work to get good at something. It’s going to be really hard to have that level of commitment if you dislike what you are doing.

If you hate your job, it is very unlikely you will put in enough effort to get good at it. If you hate your college/university course, it’s very unlikely you will do well in it. You have a whole life ahead of you. Pick something you enjoy doing and become an expert in it. Don’t waste your life making do with what you have if it makes you unhappy.

My nephews are physical kids and pretty good at football (soccer). Because they enjoy what they do, they don’t really notice how much effort they’ve put into it over the years. They think it just “comes naturally”. If they had spent the same number of hours doing maths or playing an instrument they would be pretty good at that too. Maybe not great, but pretty good.

So find something you enjoy, direct your time and effort into that and reap the rewards. Do what you love!

Check out the rest of this series here.



PS. If for some reason you are forced to keep working at something you hate, try committing some more effort to it. Maybe as you get better at it you will grow to love it, and it might love you back! 🙂