The idea of self teaching is something that many people don’t consider. Once you are done with your formal education, how often do you think about learning something new? Chances are, if it doesn’t relate directly to your professional career, then you do very little. If you are looking to take on a new skill, or sharpen existing talents, then self teaching may be the thing that you need.
The first thing that you will want to do is find something that interests you. Take, for example, working on cars. If you have an interest in working on cars, but don’t have much experience you can turn to the internet to walk you through a few smaller projects. Instead of replacing an engine full stop, head down to your local AutoZone and pick up supplies to change a tail light. The key with teaching yourself anything is to start, and progress, in small steps. Too often, people want to start off with more than they can handle. Not only does this lead to mistakes, but it can also kill your curiosity if you run into a roadblock on the way.
The internet can be a great resource for you to develop your new skills, but you will also need something the practice on. Using our auto example, you will want to have a car that you can work on. A few important things to realize, you will probably make mistakes along the way, so working on a car you won’t be relying on is critical. Having a blank canvas so to speak will allow you not only to work out mistakes, but it can also be a roadmap to larger projects. Maybe you will start with something simple, and then progress to something more difficult. As long as you plan everything out, you should be able to cover whatever you want.
Self teaching, while great to do, should probably be paired with actual teaching to create the best balance. But if you are ready to start now, there’s no reason you can’t get going on your own. All it takes is a little dedication and a will to learn.