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:
- Ride the wave.
- Get crushed by the tide.
Thanks, Kyle, for this reminder.
How much time should you spend learning vs. “working?” That’s a question I tackled on today’s Finish Friday: