How to learn any skill

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How to learn any skill

Because life is full of challenges and because change is the only constant you will experience certain times where you will find yourself extremely in need of learning new skills.

Since childhood parents program their children with false beliefs such as "you can't excel at something without being skilled" without being aware of the fact that any skill can be developed if the person tried hard enough.

Of course some people might begin their lives with a certain advantage but this doesn't mean that a person who starts from scratch and who works hard can't be as skilled as those people who had this advantage.

In this article i will give you a real life example that will show you how you can learn any skill and succeed in life.

How i learned swimming

Swimming is not an easy skill. I have never tried to swim in a professional way until i was forced to swim because of a back injury that i had. Here is what happened:

I went to the pool for the first time and i started watching the people who were swimming around me. Few moments later i gave it a try but i found it extremely hard to adjust my breath. I used to drink the pool's water by mistake because i used to open my mouth in the wrong time.

I went home feeling exhausted. Now if a person who had incorrect beliefs about learning new skills was in my place he might have gave up swimming because of believing that he is not skilled. The only difference between me and that person is that while we both knew that we were not skilled i knew that i can become skilled if i kept trying.

The next time i went to swim i drank less pool's water and i learned how to take the breath in the right time. When i went to the pool for the third time i saw a coach teaching small kids how to swim so i started watching him and i learned the right way to move my arm. I kept trying and trying but i didn't manage to do it correctly that day.

The next time i went to swim i managed to adjust the movement of my arms a little more.
I felt more confident because i found that i was on my way to learn how to swim professionally. The next day i met a friend who used to swim often so i started asking her for tips and she told me two more things to do.

I kept doing things wrong, getting feedback from people and applying the tips until i learned swimming!

How can you learn any skill ?

The formula for learning any new skill is very simple. You just need to keep trying while learning from your mistakes. You can watch people who mastered this skill you want to learn, search for help online or ask for professional help each time you find yourself making mistakes.

By time you will find that you have mastered this skill that seemed hard in the beginning.

Now do you know why so many people fail to learn the needed skills in life even though the formula is that simple?

Here are the reasons:

  • 1) They feel ashamed: In the Solid Self confidence program i said that people who feel inferior and those who have incorrect beliefs about making mistakes think that they must always be perfect at anything they do even if it was the first time for them to do it. Those people will avoid learning a new skill simply because they don't want others to see them performing poorly!
  • 2) They have false beliefs about life: Some people were brought up to believe in the skill myth. Those people believe that the skilled ones are those who were born with certain genes and not those who tried hard until they mastered their skills (see I Can't do it)
  • 3) Not understanding how success works: Success is all about moving from one failure to another until you learn the right way that works. I did tens of mistakes while trying to learn swimming but as the time passed i learned how to avoid them one by one and i managed to swim well.(see Inspirational stories of famous and successful people)

If you want to learn any skill then just follow this simple formula and you will master it in no time.

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