I never understand people who have given up on learning. I’m a very independent person, and I hate having to rely on anyone other than myself for anything. Now, you might wonder why I got into filmmaking and creating content, which is largely a collaborative effort. The fact is – I don’t mind working with people that approach the work from the same ego-free, D.I.Y. mentality, and thankfully, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with many people with those characteristics.
Along the way, however, I have encountered lots of people who are reluctant to learn how to do anything. This used to drive me crazy when I worked for a large internet company. Every day, I found myself explaining the same things over and over again to the same people that had previously asked the same questions at least a dozen times. Writing that sentence almost gave me a headache. Living it almost gave me an aneurysm.
Even though that day job wasn’t directly related to making the kind of content I want to make, there were valuable lessons to learn. I became comfortable enough with web design and development to start making basic sites (like this one), which easily could have cost at least $1K. By picking the brains of people that were smarter than me, I not only showed an interest in understanding what they need to get their jobs done (this is an important lesson that can be applied to anything), but I also picked up expert tips on design principles, color schemes, and branding, all things pertinent to creating content, as every web series, movie, podcast, or independently produced half-hour pilot needs branding in order to effectively share and market it.
My love of learning isn’t based upon any desire to know everything. It’s based on the philosophy that if I at least have a top level understanding of the mechanics of something, when/if I need help dealing with it, I’ll know how to communicate with whomever I hire/contract/beg for assistance. You don’t need a degree or a certificate. You just need the resolve to get past the inevitable obstacles and push beyond the plateaus.
On a side note: if anyone who ever reads this understands how the stock market works, I’d love to hear from you. That is one baffling beast.