Skill Building

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 πŸ™‚

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.

  • Piano
  • Typing
  • Basketball
  • Saxophone
  • Off-season football training
  • In-person sales
  • Amazon Publishing
  • Outsourcing
  • Social Skills
  • Blogging / Writing
  • Online Video
  • Building email lists
  • Video Conferencing

Here’s an updated mind map I created on skill building.

Skill Building Mind Map

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