The Learning Curve

golden-spiralSome people talk about progress as being “one step forward, two steps back.” I find the learning experience is more often two steps forward, one step back, some thought, two steps forward, one step back, rinse and repeat.

My learning curve seems to be more of a spiral. I think this is a good thing, though it causes occasional frustration.

I have never found happiness in remaining static.

If I am passionate about something then I am compelled to go more deeply into the activity.

I think this is a good thing, though it causes occasional frustration.

There is a common belief that some people have a gift for music, art, or some other human activity. I have found that most people I know who excel at anything were driven by passion. Passion caused them to dedicate a majority of their time and resources towards what their heart desired.

I think this is a good thing, though it causes occasional frustration.

There are also usually trade-offs involved. One makes choices and experiences a gain and a loss.

I have a friend who is a very good guitar player. One of her guitar students asked her how she got to be such a good guitarist. Her answer was “While you were out learning job skills I was playing guitar all the time.”

I truly enjoy playing music and making instruments. More improtantly,  I feel like I am doing what I should be doing when I do these things. l feel this way about other areas of my life as well.

I think this is a good thing, though it causes occasional frustration.

2 thoughts on “The Learning Curve

  1. Self-employment requires passion, and patience, and willingness to do that two steps, one step thing. I dream about knitting. It makes sense to be a knitting professional. Even when I know what I’m doing about the knitting part, I go in and out of knowing what to do with the business part… how much time to spend scheduling, teaching, writing patterns, doing publicity. And taking breaks, which I don’t do well.

    I notice you and I are both up at 1am writing about being self-employed, in so many words. Time to sleep?

    Lynndy

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