Many people miss opportunities because their redundant skills and talents are dormant in them.
You claim to have a skill because you love doing it; but you don’t practice to become better. You don’t sharpen that skill to become an authority.
Maybe your case is that of one who has practiced to a certain level but have stopped for some time now because you think you are now very good.
Innovations come and go everyday. New techniques and styles on how to do things are invented everyday. Always keep your self updated so as not to miss an opportunity or seem less of what you think you are.
Ways to master a skill.
- Identify your niche: If you are a newbie, your niche means your area of speciality. A skill you can do easily without being forced to or that, which you can’t get tired of. Something you love doing and are passionate about. You don’t have to have it as a talent, it might be something that interests you, and you are willing to learn it. You should choose a skill according to your natural inclinations; something that you won’t get tired of in the long run.
- Acquire knowledge: Know the areas of the skill of your choice that you lack knowledge of and acquire knowledge. You can make research on it on search engines. YouTube is replete with videos concerning knowledge of almost everything and anything. Listen to podcasts. Read books and articles. There is almost nothing that has not been written about as an article or a book. Find them and read them. Lastly, you have to connect with other people that are better than you in your field. No man is an island. Get mentors that will guide you and reveal to you things that books, podcast, videos and search engines won’t reveal to you. You will be guided by their experiences and avoid mistakes that they have made.
- Practice what you learn: Many people love to learn but don’t practice what they learn. Yet, they expect to get the benefits of the skill they claim to have learnt. Learning entails acquiring information (knowledge), understanding what you have acquired and applying or practicing it (wisdom). Learning is not complete without action or practice. You have to practice what you have learnt, else, acquiring knowledge and understanding would be a waste of time. You can create a schedule for practicing your skill. Dedicate some hours of the day to practice it. Practice it persistently and watch yourself become a master.