Learning Something New Is a Debate we often grapple with.
Two big questions
1. How hard is it going to be?
2. How long is it going to take to be worth the time investment?
Learning something new is often challenging. Challenges are good because they stretch the mind.
But we don’t like to do difficult things.
The 2nd question stymies. Beforehand, its almost impossible to know whether the skill you learn is going to be positive ROI for the time and mental energy invested to acquire it.
I am working for a client web design company. They don’t use WordPress.
I mastered WordPress.
I felt a steep learning curve using their system.
But I’ve got a handle on it now. The reason I went forward is because they’ve got over 3,000 clients nationwide and get 2 to 3 of their customers asking them about SEO.
I’m proving my SEO skills.
Once done I’ll be able to serve their clients. So in this case I was 100% sure it was worth leaping over the high learning hurdle with this quality company.
I like the owner and I like their company’s philosophy.
I wish I had a magic bullet formula to tell you beforehand with absolute certainty whether a skill was going to be worth your time invested to learn.
Use intuition. Use your common sense.
And sometimes just be okay learning something new. Because at the very least it expands your mind which is always good.
If you’ve got a cool way to evaluate the value of learning something new, post it in the comments.
Or just tell a story about something you’re glad you learned but didn’t pay off the way you thought it would.
I pledge to read and engage in the lively conversation.