It is so easy these days to learn about anything. Just search your topic it and you will find a plethora of web links. Over the years, I have learned many things from Googling it or watching a You Tube video. As much as I enjoy these easy and ever present tools, I have also found that these options present some limitations for me. You can literally spend hours upon hours just trying to find the right information. There is so much misleading and outdated information out there.
About two years ago, a friend of mine, Chip Dizard, told me that he purchased some classes from Creative Live because he believed in investing in himself. I believe that as well but I wanted to do it as cost effectively as possible - for free. I was being cheap. I have watched his wedding business, Chip Dizard Weddings, skyrocket because he is good at what he does and he invested in himself. He took the time to study and practice. He learned from those who were already successful.
It is so important to study those who have done it before you. Their accomplishments and their failings teach you invaluable lessons.
As I have decided to move forward with my photography business, I had to think about what would be the most effective way for me to learn. I am not someone who prefers a traditional learning environment. I learn best visually and kinesthetically. Purchasing video classes that I can watch over and over again is the best learning tool for me. This is how I learn best. The amount of time you spend searching the web for free content can be utilized actually learning. I am not suggesting that learning from Creative Live or some other virtual learning institution will solve your problems. I am recommending that you take time to figure out what you want to do, how you learn best and dive right in.
What kind of learner are you?
Auditory Learners: Hear
Auditory learners would rather listen to things being explained than read about them. Reciting information out loud and having music in the background may be a common study method. Other noises may become a distraction resulting in a need for a relatively quiet place.
Visual Learners: See
Visual learners learn best by looking at graphics, watching a demonstration, or reading. For them, it’s easy to look at charts and graphs, but they may have difficulty focusing while listening to an explanation.
Kinesthetic Learners: Touch
Kinesthetic learners process information best through a “hands-on” experience. Actually doing an activity can be the easiest way for them to learn. Sitting still while studying may be difficult, but writing things down makes it easier to understand.
You Tube and Google have saved me many a day when I was in a pinch but I want to master photography. I need more intensive study. Figure our your learning style and invest in your self. It is the key to unlocking your potential. Believe me, It’s worth it!