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There is a need to continue developing new approaches to equipping our mind so that we don’t only stay relevant, but so that we also keep growing intellectually. With a burst of information in the digital age, technology is one area that no one in any industry can afford to grow complacent about, primarily because it has enhanced the way we acquire knowledge, making learning available at the click of a button. However, there are basic prerequisites common to all ages and career fields when it comes to skill acquisition. Three things required for acquiring skills are outlined below: A Strong Passion to Learn To adopt any skill, you basically need a strong will to learn what it entails. Learning is a never-ending process, and the more committed you are to this process, the better you will ultimately get as a student and enthusiast. At the beginning, the magnitude of all you need to know might seem daunting, but with patience, persistence, and the passion for improving, you will come to find the learning experience a lot more fulfilling. While the nature of your passion might determine how much you learn, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you will know it all because almost every field of study is broad and deep that people will only get to learn what they need to learn, rather than all they need to learn. However, without the existence of passion you wouldn’t even bother to learn, so you must take great care that you remain passionate. A Work Situation That Requires Application of the Knowledge Knowing what to do and how to do it are two different things, and it’s only by you doing what you claim to know that you prove you really know what to do. Besides filling your heads with all the knowledge you need, you will do well not to keep your hands idle. It’s often said that practice makes perfect, and without putting your skills to use, you are just another wannabe geek. Engaging yourself in work situations not only helps you evaluate how far you have come, but also challenges you into wanting to get even better. Work situations get you to test and appreciate your skills, and are more or less a barometer to measure how much you have learnt, and how much you still need to learn. Reading Materials and Watching Video Tutorials from Professionals Due to advancements, you need to constantly keep yourself up-to-date. So much changes so fast in the information age, and if you fail to stay current yourself, so much will easily pass you by. Like I said earlier, learning is a never-ending process, and you will get to a point where self-learning becomes both necessary and convenient. Reading shouldn’t stop with you picking up paperbacks or even eBooks; it encompasses articles, newsletters, and blog posts. Video tutorials on their part, don’t only tell you what to do but also show you how to get “what” done. Whether you intend to be an expert, or you just need some DIY tips so you won’t always have to call in the experts, the quality of the materials you have goes a long way in helping your course.

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This article was first published on 8th April 2016


Samuel Oluwaseun Sylvester is an IT Consultant, and a certified instructor, technician, graphics designer, and web developer with years of experience at different IT institutions. He's passionate about technology and is the CEO of Sylgrafix Incorporated. Follow him on Twitter @SamSylvester9.

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