Learn By Doing
Over the past few days, I have begun building a website. Now, I could have accomplished this by using a platform such as Squarespace, Wix, or anything of the like. I decided that I wanted to be able to have more customization capabilities down the road. I wanted full control of my website, so I chose Wordpress. Wordpress does have a learning curve, but the implications of knowing how to build a website via Wordpress are huge. It is a skill that many companies would find value in.
So I chose the harder path. I had no idea where to start. Wordpress has thousands of plug-ins and themes to choose from. To find the right ones for me I searched the internet to gain inspiration. I spent several days trying out different themes. I totally immersed myself in the design of my website.
So why am I telling you this?
I'm telling you this because the result of me immersing myself, taking full control of the design of my website, and customizing it to excellence instead of just choosing a standard pre-built template taught me a lot. I can now confidently say that I know how to build and design a completely unique website for anyone with "ease". This is because I did it already. The first go-round was messy, it was full of confusion and frustration. The chaos that was is also called learning.
Learning is not comfortable by any means, but it grows you. The key factor of this though, is that I would have never learned how to build the website unless I did it. Unless I wrestled with the unknowns. I could have watched countless YouTube videos, read countless blog posts and forums, etc. on how to build it. But the confidence to build a website again in the future for someone else only came from doing it myself.
Now, the YouTube video might help now in then, but the brutal reality of getting frustrated was a must to truly understand the situation.
So what do you want to learn?
Whatever it is, I encourage you to get to learning. Wrestle with it, get frustrated with it, make connections with it, and have "a-ha" moments with it. The competence on the other side will be worth it.