It’s been some time ago, now, that I finally took the initiative to learn something new that was very outside of my comfort zone. I finally learned how to edit music on an editing software – DUN DUN DUNNNN.
I am not exactly the most technically savvy person. My sister had to teach me how to use Instagram. It took my friends ages to explain to me how Bluetooth works (to be honest, I’m still not sure I quite understand it). I shy away from the mere mention of the Cloud, and don’t even get me started on how long it took me to set up this website.
So the fact that I am now comfortable with this editing program is a big deal for me.
In the age of the internet, however, there really isn’t any excuse for not being able to learn something new for yourself, with or without help. So here is My (Non-Patented) 10-Step System For Learning Something New.
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Step 1: Procrastinate learning something you’re uncomfortable with for a really long time.
This can literally be years. And when I say literally, I mean literally. Literally years I procrastinated learning this important skill that I needed for my work as a dance choreographer. Years. Literally.
Step 2: Make the decision to stop procrastinating!
And I mean really mean it.
Step 3: Ask everyone you know for advice on how to go about doing what you want to do.
I asked my SO, my friends, my other friends, the first friends again, etc. etc. etc…
Step 4: Purchase the program / sing up for the course / buy your equipment / etc…
You’ve put money and/or effort into this thing. This is getting real.
Step 5: Find tutorials on the internet.
This is where the there-isn’t-really-an-excuse-for-not-learning-something-new thing comes in. There are way too many free sources on the internet for you to say, “But I don’t know how to do that!” Learn how. The internet is waiting for you.
Step 6: Curse at the internet for not spelling it out for you.
In my case, I got frustrated jumping between different YouTube videos and blogs who all had different opinions on how the same program worked. How does that make sense???
Step 7: Just try something and happen to get it right!
Step 8: Throw a fit when you try the same thing and it doesn’t work.
Step 9: Refer to the internet (for the millionth time) and finally have that AHA moment!
Everything has fallen into place! Yes! It makes sense! IT ALL MAKES SENSE!
Step 10: Ride that wave of glory.
You’ve done it. You’ve gone and learned yourself something new and now you don’t have to pay someone else to do it, or bribe your loved ones into doing it. Go get yourself some fro-yo. With extra candy on top. You earned it.
In all seriousness, though, it felt really great for me to learn how to edit my own music. (Are most of you thinking “Ever heard of GarageBand, Heather? Why are you struggling with life?”) It took me a long time, and it was frustrating at times, but the end product was great. I now know I can take on something new and uncomfortable and figure it out for myself. It means I’ll be relatively okay going through life, muddling through the stuff I don’t know, faking it till I’m making it.
With that in mind, I encourage you to try My (Non-Patented) 10-Step System For Learning Something New and go learn something new! And then tell me what you learned. Or what have you already learned for yourself? Comment below!