It seems there are two schools of thought when answering the question about the importance of learning a new ability. There are those who argue that acquiring a new skill helps you grow as a person, become more attractive on the job market and fuels your creativity in a way that new ideas will come from making connections between seemingly unrelated things. Others claim that in today’s world, where we are often overloaded with information and experience a certain amount of burnout from that, where opportunities to learn new things are immense, we quit too early and too often. Instead of starting to learn new skills, experts advise us to master what we are already good at. They add that if you look behind the curtain of everything you want to improve in your life or learn, it comes down to actually doing it for a very long time. By the time we see people like high-performance expert they have invested thousands of hours in repeating the same thing.
At the end of the day, these are simply different approaches to learning and nobody undermines the importance of life-long learning itself. Even science shows that acquiring new skills helps long- and short-term memory. We need to keep learning to feel good about ourselves and to keep up with this ever-changing world we live in.
This month I’ve completed my very first painting and I totally enjoyed being a newbie to this area of art. I had bought professional brushes and paints and experimented with textures and colours. I did consider taking a crash course first but then I thought that doing it all instinctively would be more fun, and it was! Looking at the outcome of my work gives me a feeling of pride and satisfaction. It was a time investment totally worth it, even if I wasn’t going to create another painting, (but I am).