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Person writing on notepad. By Ashley Dinges, Marketing Coordinator 

@AshDinges55

Isn’t it amazing to look back at your life and think, “Wow, if I never did this, learned this, took that opportunity, I would not be where I am today.” Sure, we all have things we wished we did in life, but I believe it’s important to take a moment and be proud of where we are now.

My epiphany moment was when I signed up for a graphic design class my sophomore year of high school. Little did I know how one class could change my life forever. Granted, I am not a graphic designer by any standard, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a love for the subject.

My point here is that understanding graphic design was an ability I would have never imagined I could use in my future (I just thought it was fun).

Today, I use design elements every day at work, and I’m so thankful I have the basic familiarity to recognize a variety of design tools.

Learning new skills, while you may not see it now, can complete a bigger picture in the future.

Here’s how:

Discovering new skills may not ever make you an expert on one subject, but it can open up your mind to new ways of thinking. We are all probably guilty of being lazy and not expanding our knowledge because we “don’t have enough time.” This can no longer be an excuse as there are many ways to continuously learn every day, such as listening to audiobooks on your daily commute or teaching yourself a new language. Dedicating yourself to expand your methods of acquiring information can help open your eyes to new experiences and doing things you never thought you could.

It can change your work ethic. Once you begin honing in on a new skill to learn, it becomes very simple to be more productive throughout the day. Because your mindset has changed, so has your perspective. If you continuously think, “I don’t have time to discover new things today,” then you are correct; You won’t learn anything new. But if you start off with a positive attitude and say, “I want to find out about one new thing today,” you will begin with the right mindset to do just that!

Learning new skills will challenge the way you’ve always done things. I get it. We get into a rhythm, and we do what we have to do to make it through the week. This mindset may work for a while, but you will never progress in your career. As our world evolves constantly, it is equally important that our minds and range of comprehension evolve too in order to challenge our manner of thinking and make our talents stronger.

A better and deeper understanding of a skill can help with future projects. Not sure what knowledge to pick up? Why not try studying a technical skill, such as advanced computer training. To decide what new item to learn, you have to be creative in the way you think. Ask yourself what do you believe might be helpful to understand in order to be more productive with your daily tasks. Starting out with a focus like computer experience could be useful because you probably use your computer every day. You never know when knowledge like this will come in handy.

Classes, books, podcasts, audio books, webinars and much more are available at your fingertips to help you learn a new craft when you are ready. Why not take a chance and try something new? How can you grow if you are not continuously curious?

I want to encourage you to take this challenge and learn something new this week! For example, my next goal to understand coding.