The skills of a self-taught person

(Repost from my Medium Post)

I grew up in the smallest province in Thailand, a developing country in southeast Asia. When I was 14 years old, my dad bought my first computer. It cost my parent about THB 45,000 ($1,500), which seems like so much for a little kid like me. I must say, that was the best investment that my dad ever made in me.

I was no genius kid; I was just an average girl growing up in a small town. When I got my first computer, I didn’t know anything about it besides how to turn it on and off. No one in my family had any computer skills either, so I had to figure out by myself how to use it, at least enough to play The Sims.

There were not many kids in my town who specialized in computers. They just used them to do reports and play games, but they didn’t want to learn anything more about them. For me, on the other hand, I knew that the computer could do many many other things besides playing games, so I was always excited when I found something to do with it. This was the first time I tried to study something by myself outside the classroom. A few years later, I had the most computer skills of all my classmates. Surprisingly, by doing this, I learned to be a self-taught person.

The skill of being self-taught has benefitted me a lot in both my professional life and my personal life. It’s not only about trying to study or figure out on something by yourself, it helps you to be eager to learn something new because you know you know you will find the way to master it.

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Convinced enough? Great!

Believe it or not, becoming self taught is not a gift; it is a skill that you can develop and learn. Let’s see how to do that.

  1. Change your mindset. You have to believe that you can do (almost) anything, if you wish. Read YOU CAN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN.
  2. Don’t fear failure, in big or small things. Just try it.
  3. When you struggle, try to figure it out on your own first. If you can fix it, you will be proud of yourself. If you can’t, it’s okay to look for some help, and other people will be happy to help you.
  4. Try to do or make new things. You may find your new favorite hobbies. And by making things, I mean MAKE them with your hands.
  5. Find time to read good books. I know that these days, almost all the information you need is on the internet, but reading books gives you deep thoughts. Additionally, you will be calm and focused and will gain patience.
  6. If you have never gone trekking, try it once in your life. Stand on top of a mountain, sleep in a tent without electricity, eat forest-made food. You will learn more about people’s limitations and will appreciate your everyday life more.
  7. Live in the present. None of us knows which day we are going to die. By thinking like this, you will find yourself doing the ‘worthy’ things you really want to do so you can live without regret.

I guarantee you will feel better about yourself once you decide to become a self-taught person. Good luck!

Bow Kraivanich

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