learning always comes at a cost.
This $6,000 mistake taught me how to learn from failure
Kyle Young

The Cost of Learning

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I muttered to myself as I leaned closer still to the computer screen.

I’d spent hours, no — DAYS, trying to get a little ball to bounce across the screen. The result was a clunky awkward sphere. It looked like a PowerPoint animation, if PowerPoint were built by 5-year-olds.

For 6 MONTHS I slaved away at an animation project. I went back and forth to YouTube, looking for a tutorial.

This was misery.

At the end of that six months, I wiped the sweat off my brow, and pressed render on my first complete animated short — a brief video on meetings.

Do you know what happened next?

I threw that project directly in the recycling bin. Nobody ever laid eyes on it.

Learning always comes at a cost, whether it’s time or money. I didn’t accidentally flush $6,000 down the toilet like my friend Kyle, but I sacrificed my time, one thing I will never get back.

Please, understand one thing.

If you wish to be more visible in the world, you will have to do a lot of INvisible work.

As a result of that 6 months, I now am able to animate at a decent level. I am able to cut my own videos instead of paying way too much for outsourcing.

Learning sucks. It hurts. It will make you tired.

Do it anyway. Here’s why:

Technology changes, with or without you. Business changes, with or without you. The world moves on, with or without you.

The way I see it, you have two choices:

  1. Ride the wave.
  2. Get crushed by the tide.

Thanks, Kyle, for this reminder.

— TB

How much time should you spend learning vs. “working?” That’s a question I tackled on today’s Finish Friday: