Hey there, Gamers and game Makers!
Have you ever decided to start learning something new? It's great, right? You get so excited about it and you gather everything you need. But, have you ever noticed that excitement fade away quite quickly? In this week's blog, we're going to look at the three states of starting something new.
#1 Buying/Getting Tools
Starting to learn something new is pretty exciting. You get excited about the tools/software you're going to need to get. You get excited about the possibilities of what you can do after you've learnt this tool or process. This stage of the process is the most exciting because it's basically the concept or planning phase. It's still new and captivating to you because you haven't actually done anything yet. It's all still possibilities.
The learning stage starts off great. You're still excited and enthusiastic about this. However, this is where we tend to become less excited as we go. Sometimes the learning curve is that bit steeper than we first thought. It's when we hit this little bump in the road that we can become disheartened. Don't feel bad though. This happens to us all at some point. Keep in mind learning something new can take time. If it interests you, then keep at it and you'll start to get past that initial block.
Now, here's the part where most people fall down. You've just spent a lot of time learning this new tool or skill.. But, if you don't keep practicing it, you'll very quickly lose all that progress you made learning it. To avoid that, it's simple enough. Practice. Yeah, it's a pretty cliché line, but, it's true, practice makes perfect. Or as near too as possible. So, I'm not saying spend hours and hours of each day practicing. You can but, you don't have too. Rather, simply spend a short amount of time often keeping basic skills sharp. Try to keep learning new elements of your tool or skill in order to expand. You'll find the more you enjoy this, the easier it is to practice.
Until next time!