February 18, 2020

Skin in the game

Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn? Any area in your life you want to improve?

Firstly, you have to choose to want to learn. But after you choose to learn, there’s nothing better than having your own skin in the game. In other words, use your own resource, be it time or money.

Pay for a teacher to teach you. Set aside some cash and buy your own gear. Set aside the time daily for practising whatever you need to practise.

I’m not saying go out and make unwise financial decisions. I also don’t mean that you shouldn’t make use of free resources here and there.

But if you’re not going to put your money where your mouth is, how do you expect others to take you seriously?

The best things in life might be free, but most of the time, you are not going to value the things that come free to you. If it doesn’t cost you anything, you are unlikely to put in the effort to learn.

Even if you do improve, you are likely to hit a plateau some time down the road.

I believe that free resources through websites, Youtube videos, etc. are great for picking up the basics. They are especially useful if you are just testing whether you would like to learn something. I used such free resources to learn video editing on the job previously. But those free resources are unlikely to make me a great video producer.

If you are ready to go deep into something, I think it’s probably time to commit some serious resources to help you level up. Commit your time. Commit your money.

Put your skin in the game. Sooner or later, you will need a teacher to guide you and help you focus. You will need your own set of tools for your trade. Perhaps only then, you will truly take your skills to a whole new level.

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