It might be a kick to some people to know that I’m one of those who actually enjoying doing book stuffs, or just learning stuffs involving academics. It’s really hard to explain this and not confuse anyone, because quite frankly, I didn’t really like school or school books, especially reading for exams, and currently, I don’t miss school or school work.
However, I was never among those that had bad grades and felt school was tough. School wasn’t, and my grades weren’t woeful. I just didn’t progressively feel impacted by the whole “academic education” process and I was mostly bothered about the system wasting my time (years).
Still, I love learning school stuffs. At spare times, I’d embark on what I call How-To themes. The concept is to select any subject of interest and learn all I can about it when I can, with no pressure. When completed, I’d find myself moving on to new similar subjects after having exhausted the subject I started with, because I found it interesting, or I wanted to explore a different segment on same field. And that’s what usually spring up a “theme”.
The learning medium could be via How-To Youtube videos. This medium I was skeptical about at first, but it subsequently turned out to be effective and I went on to create the Art Theme from there. This theme for me, encompasses the ‘draw’ programs. I learnt CorelDraw and AutoCAD from those videos and they were explicitly rendered, even Video Editing. Even though I had fun playing around with the programs, I did nothing serious with it.
Another learning medium I opt for is the Online Study Courses’ forum, like Alison, or Udemy, or Coursera (this one I’ve never used because all their courses come with fees, but people recommend this and even do courses for free), I’ve had Engineering Software Theme when i thought i wanted to learn more on MatLab and Hysis. I’ve had Programming Language (PL) Theme where I tried learning few languages like HTML, HTML5, CSS(markup languages though).
I’ve had Management Theme for Business Management study, Project Management and Information Management. I’ve had Microsoft Application theme where I indulged myself in Microsoft packages like Excel. That’s when I discovered VBA and it changed me! So why all this history, since I’m talking like my brain is still not empty, and I’m going exact opposite direction of the title?
Now there’s the saying, “No Knowledge is Wasted”. But as with most practical enhanced subjects as with the Art theme and PL theme, if you don’t apply the acquired knowledge, with time, you’d find yourself forgetting the functions and terminologies you’d actually need to survive in the field. And if you miss a few keynotes, you can as well start afresh to learn that subject whenever you’d need to make use of the works. You’ll be lucky if you remember enough to be fundamentally sound so you’ll proceed the revisions on a mid level and not be stuck revising the basis, which would take you back to the starters level, making your initial knowledge a ‘waste’.
I know I might be exaggerating a tad bit, but let’s face it, the time you spent studying that which you eventually didn’t practice but let to run cold, you could have spent it studying something that could have been useful.
So if you ask me to build a website or write a few codes to initiate something or design a desk without specifications, I’ll fumble of course and the time it would take me to get it somewhat close to right, or locate the icon/drawing tool on the screen that’s staring at me, I might not be better off than one who has no idea of it in the first place. Which is not only a shame, but it equates to wasted time.
Granted there are people who could store up various knowledge on stuffs they don’t need at present until when they’d need it, say in years time, without skipping a beat and remembering every detail like its brand new knowledge. Others learn fast and don’t have to “study in advance” because whenever they need knowledge for something, they could hastily read it up and perform just as good. For some of us in the middle that try to manage our moderate IQ, we know it’s likely for us to learn and forget, it shouldn’t be about learning new skills all the time.
If there’s the time to learn a new skill, it means you could use that time to just perfect an old skill instead. There’s nothing wrong in having an impeccable skill set, which only comes by doing and redoing and redoing same thing…practicing and practicing..and practicing.
The spotlight here is only on skills that require frequent activity and tuning up.