How To Learn Any Skill Set – Think Small

Recently, I’ve been trying to teach myself Adobe Illustrator.

I tried to jump right into Illustrator by doing some tutorials.  It went well until I inevitably got stuck.  Looking back, I was biting off a little more than I could chew.  I was trying to do tutorials that were way past my skill level, which is complete beginner level.

After a few tutorials, I became frustrated and decided I had to go back to the very basics.  I needed to learn Adobe Illustrator from the ground up.  I downloaded some lesson plans for beginners.  The lessons have been dry & basic so far, but I have already learned things that would have helped in the tutorials that I got stuck on.

The lesson here – when learning a new skill always start with the fundamentals.

When you attempt to learn something new you will you will want to jump right in full throttle.  If you’re like me your excitement and naivety will make you think you can master a skill that have taken other people years to master, sometimes longer.  After trying to learn the new skill it will become evident that you suck at it.

If you attempt to learn a new skill start with the basics and start off small.

The basics of a skill might not be sexy, but they will build a strong foundation that will make it easier to take on more advanced aspects of that skill set later on.

You should also be starting off small.  You gotta crawl before you walk.  Don’t overwhelm yourself.  Biting off more than you can chew will only lead to failure.  In the beginning you need small victories in order to build momentum.  In my case, I should have set a smaller goal of learning about workspaces & panels, before I tried to attempt elaborate logo designs.

You may learning a skill set that is completely different from Illustrator.  Maybe your learning to code, write your first ebook, or staring a compound lifting program.  Whatever it is, learn the basics first and start off small.

For example, let’s say your starting a compound lifting program.  Before you even put weight on the bar you should make sure to practice your from.  Just use the barbell if you have to.  Only after you have got down your form should you begin adding weight.  This will set you up with a strong foundation to make big gains and could help prevent serious injury.