I asked my mom why she put me in piano lessons as a kid, and she said it was her dream to learn piano. I guess this meant she handed this dream off to me 🙂
She put me in a lot of different activities as a young kid – basketball, piano, swimming. I was in the choir and band playing and learning the saxophone.
The cringe at the start
I learned a lot through all these activities, and I saw a pattern through learning them. It was always cringe in the beginning, but after going through the process with so many activities, I learned to accept the cringe. The repetition of it through all these different activities my mother put me in desensitized me to it. I got used to it, and loved having the skills that came out of them. Learning piano over years and years taught me that if you can get past “the dip” – the period of time where things kind of suck and you don’t feel like you’re going anywhere – then you can come out on the other side with a great reference experience.
I still do this to this day. I welcome the cringe. This is who I am. I can’t imagine a life where I’m not jumping into new things. Here are some of the skills I’ve built up.
- Off-season football training
- In-person sales
- Amazon Publishing
- Social Skills
- Blogging / Writing
- Online Video
- Building email lists
- Video Conferencing
Here’s an updated mind map I created on skill building.