Building Your Skills

This week, we’re trying new things, based on this LifeHacker article on the Science Behind How We Learn New Skills:

Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn’t as easy as it sounds. The science behind how we learn is the foundation for teaching yourself new skills.

According to the article, learning a new skill changes your brain down to the neurons, so that eventually it becomes automatic. We found this fascinating here at Hillier Ignite, as we are always interested in medical innovations. The article also goes into the nitty gritty of learning:

When we’re learning a new skill it’s easy to rely on YouTube, tutorials, walkthroughs, and guides to help get the process started. That’s great for those beginning days, but if we keep doing that we won’t ever actually learn because we’re not solving problems on our own.

The best way to learn a new skill, it turns out, is to fail at it first. The article goes in depth  on how to study up on the skill, what to keep in mind while you learn and most of all being generous with yourself in learning slowly and in-depth as opposed to all at once.

What new skills have you been learning lately? If you’re looking for a new job, new skills may be in order.

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