As I’ve mentioned previously and am not shy about mentioning over and over: I am not an academic. I hated going to class and I wasn’t particularly good at learning outside of school, either. That’s not to say I don’t like learning, period, but rather that my learning style matches my behavior in all other areas of life. “Neurotic” isn’t a word most people want to be called, but I won’t pussy foot, here. Much like my brain is often off on upwards of ten tangents, that I only barely keep straight through excessive use of lists and post-its, the way in which I learn has followed suit.
I’m one of those people that won’t read the instruction booklet and instead spend twice as long as necessary to figure out how to work a thing. I could claim it’s a mark of my independence and a desire to puzzle things out myself, but, mostly, I’m just stubborn.
This website is the perfect example. There are an estimated 1,000 things I want to do for it on the back end, other than simply write. Which is interesting, considering writing is what I actually know how to do. But why write, when I could try and learn HTML or analytics or promotion? All on my own, just kind of putzing around the Internet?
I’m really good at two things.
- Giving myself work to do
- Stressing myself out over that same (voluntary) work
- Also, a third thing; writing lists
But, that’s how I operate and that’s how I learn. Bully for you if a lecture hall is where you learn. If it’s not, though, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Plus, and this is not the most original life advice I could give, confidence is 🗝. Not only do I encourage you to go out and learn the weird thing you never learned in college (idk, like, pottery or something), but to rock it. If you look like you know what you’re doing, everyone else will think you do.