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How to Become Self Taught

28 Jul 2016 | Under Blog | Posted by | 0 Comments
Blog Series: How to become self taught

Looking back at my career, my #1 skill has been my ability to self-teach.

The past 10 years have been shaped by massive technological, cultural and economic shifts. Being adaptable is increasingly important in the workforce.

I landed my current career by teaching myself software, programming languages and business practices. Most of it was “Baptism by Fire”. They needed a graphic designer, so I became one. They needed a web developer, so I became one.

I started web development at my job when a contract employee disappeared. It was a long, stressful weekend getting the site up. Initially, I was furious at the developer, but now I’m so grateful. Sometimes opportunity comes in the least expected of places. These are a few lessons I have learned:

Just Do It

  • At least for me, the best way to learn something new is to have a project and a deadline.
  • Half of figuring something out is having the motivation and drive to really put the time in.

As one of my freelance clients says, “Commit and the angels will show up to do the heavy lifting.”

One Step at a Time

  • Find the start. Troubleshoot to find the real problem or narrow down the task until you find the correct starting point.
  • There may be multiple ways to complete a task  – choose the path right for you.
  • It’s easier to search for a solution, retain information and stay organized if you have focused and specific steps.
  • I find it helpful to write out lists or maps.

Seek and You Shall Find

  • Google it – 90% of the time if you have a question, someone else on earth has had it before.
  • Search for tools that match your learning style. Do you understand videos or written instructions better?
  • I have Pinterest boards for tutorials, techniques, articles and project examples. Even if I already finished the project, I pin it so I have a reference.

Make Mistakes, Lots of Them

  • Trial and error is a big part of learning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Every time something you try doesn’t work, it brings you closer to the solution!

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

Put Yourself Out There

  • Go to places where there are more experienced people and introduce yourself.
  • Ask for feedback, look at other work and ask about it. Don’t take feedback personally.
  • Realize that you fill a niche. You may not be the most experienced, but you may be more affordable or fulfill the needs of a certain group. Own that and reach out to those people.
  • Even if you don’t think you know much, I can guarantee that if you’re busy learning, you know more than someone who hasn’t studied at all.

The first time I went to WordCamp (a WordPress CMS Conference) I thought, “I’m just a graphic designer who does some WordPress. This is going to be WAY over my head.” I got there, and realized I was doing many of the same tasks as the “professional developers”. I didn’t know the very advanced things, but I also didn’t have clients that needed those tasks. That’s when I realized I know more than I think I do, and the same is probably true for you too.

I hope that my story and advice can be useful in your pursuit of whatever it is you want to accomplish. I love how Regenerative Medicine Solutions is a big advocate for education for both employees and potential Lung Institute patients.

Individuals come to websites or call into a Lung Institute clinic because they are educating themselves and searching for answers. They are taking a leap of faith by looking into their health options through research.

That’s a wonderful thing and it’s a privilege that we can be the ones to help them on their journey to an informed decision. It’s also wonderful, how Regenerative Medicine Solutions helps encourage and facilitate learning through on the job training and programs like RMS Leads and Lunch and Learn.

If you’re interested in working for a company that values education and growth, Regenerative Medicine Solutions might be a place for you. Visit our Employment page for current job openings. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for future updates.


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