If you’re reading this post, you’re probably aware that you might be holding onto to some fears preventing you from learning something new.
Building the confidence to learn new software or online business skills can be a hard process to begin. There are myths about learning tech or creative skills that can make this process even more difficult.
Here are five misconceptions about learning a new tech skill, and why you should stop believing them:
Myth #1 : You need a lot of experience.
Wait, you don’t need put in 10,000 hours to be good at something? Nope, this doesn’t really apply to a lot of tech or creative skills (especially private photo editing). In the freelance and online service industries, putting in a lot of hours doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be good at something.
Feedback is a crucial part of how you learn and improve as a freelancer who provides a skill-based service.
Getting client feedback is hands down the BEST way you can learn, adjust, and improve your services and client experience.
Myth #2 : Learning a new tech skill is expensive.
Learning an online or creative technical skill has never been more affordable than it is today. The need to “go back to school” just doesn’t apply with many tech skills. By now we know online training is more affordable than traditional education.
Buying great gear doesn’t have set you back thousands of dollars anymore. Even as I’m writing this blog post, I’m working on four year old MacBook Pro that I bought used on eBay… it helped me earn $75k last year from my private photo editing services.
For photo editing, my monthly operating costs as a private photo editor are under $150/month. The startup expenses for launching my editing business was under $300!
Because of the accessibility and affordability of online learning, money should never hold you back from investing in yourself and your future.
If I hadn’t of made my first initial investments in my business, I wouldn’t be here today sharing what I’ve learned with you!
Myth #3 : The myth of the “talented”.
You either have it, or you don’t — right? Not at all! Your abilities are not innately limited. Cultivating talent is more determined by our actions than by our genes.
You are in complete control of the talent you develop. It’s all dependent on your openness to learn and your commitment to growth.
Myth #4 – It’s too late for you to learn a tech skill.
Learning a new tech skill isn’t just for the kids! There are growing online learning resources that make learning from scratch easy for beginners.
If you’re looking into online training as a beginner, make sure that the curriculum breaks down the concept step-by-step so it’s not too overwhelming.
Confidence is key — knowing that the online training you invest in guides you each step of the way can give you the conviction you need to start and finish the course!
Myth #5 : You just don’t have the time to learn a new skill.
I get it, you would already be a master of photo editing and online business building if you weren’t so extremely busy. Good news! — It doesn’t take a lifetime or even years to learn new, applicable skills you can profit from.
Just committing a little bit of time to learning each day, or each week, can make a real difference in your knowledge and skill level.
Still worried you don’t have time to learn? Sign up for an online course that you can do at your own pace. Set a weekly training schedule for yourself — and stick to it!
The hardest part isn’t learning the new skill — it’s committing to learning that new skill and sticking with it.