Anything New Is Always HARD Until It Becomes EASY
I write this post because I sometimes get this message from beginners:
"I'm completely new at this. This is so hard. I think I'll never learn this."
May I reveal you a secret?
Learning a new skill is ALWAYS HARD at first.
Then it becomes easy.
I was recently in Finland in my hometown for almost 2 months and I had a privilege to spend time with my 6-year-old niece.
She was learning to ride a bike and it was exciting to see how it goes. People often compare learning to ride a bike to learning any skill.
It's always hard at first and you're going to fall but eventually you'll master the skill and it becomes easy. Nowadays riding a bike is automatic for you.
Just let me ask you a simple question:
"How many times / how much time would you give your baby to learn to walk until you give up?"
What if he falls down 10 times, will you say him, "It's too hard for you. Just give up and throw in the towel!"
Of course not! :)
You give your baby to practice the skill UNTIL he learns it.
And you should practice the same principle to yourself as well: Practice a skill UNTIL you master it.
The same goes to practicing literally ANY skill:
- Typing with your computer
- Driving a car
- Building a website
- Writing blog posts
- Recording videos
- Building a YouTube channel
- Building an email list
- Etc. Etc.
Every single skill that I've learned over my lifetime has been difficult at first.
I'm a chess master and that's one of my strongest skills. However, I can still remember the first times when I was playing it as a kid. It was HARD! But nowadays it's so automatic that I've even been analyzing some chess positions in my dreams, lol.
I highly encourage you to practice new skills because it improves the quality of your life in so many ways. I'm always speaking this to myself :)
Remember what Les Brown says:
"If you do what is EASY, your life will be HARD.
If you do what is HARD, your life will be EASY." -Les Brown
Don't look for the easy roads. Just keep on doing the things that are hard and eventually they'll become easy for you.
"Yeah, Roope But It's Easy For You..."
People sometimes say that it's easy for me or someone else to learn skills just because of x, y and z reason. And they can't learn the skills because some mysterious reasons.
Even though I've learned many skills in my life, I still notice this same thing every time I'm learning something new.
It's is ALWAYS hard until it becomes easy.
Let me give you a skill that I've been trying to learn recently.
I have a YouTube channel but I've never been a video creator or a 'visual guy'. I've always been good at maths and "they" always teach that if you are good at maths, you can't be good at visual things. That's obviously not true but that's what I've probably bought.
I've noticed alraedy a while ago that I should improve the visual elements of my videos. For example, buying a better camera, other equipment and learning to edit videos.
But I've never been good at it so I've been putting it off. I've thought that maybe it would be better to outsource that thing to someone else who is more passionate about it. (and one reason why I didn't buy the equipment was obviously that I've been traveling and I couldn't have carried the equipment with me everywhere.)
However, if I consider outsourcing editing and stuff that does not make much sense at this point. Professional charge up to $1,000's for just a short 10-minute. Just imagine how much 6-8 hour course creation would cost.
So, I've decided to do the following:
- Learn what are the best video equipment for course creation
- Learn to put the set-up correctly
- Learn to edit the videos to make them look professional
I know it's going to require many hours but here's a good thing:
"WHEN YOU MASTER A SKILL, THAT IS GOING TO PAY YOU DIVIDENDS FOR YOUR LIFETIME."
Investing $500 to learn certain skill can be a small amount compared to the money and other benefits it can provide you over your lifetime.
Investing $49/month in the Wealthy Affiliate membership in order to learn a skill that will make you money for the rest of your life is a no-brainer.
Be merciful For yourself.
Everything is hard at first...
But then it becomes EASY.
Now I'd love to hear from you:
Which skills are you currently practicing?
Are you merciful enough for yourself or are you beating yourself too much for not learning faster?
Roope "Everything is hard until it becomes easy" Kiuttu