This meant that I was always open to giving things a go myself. I built my own website almost 17 years ago with no programming experience whatsoever. I’ve taken sole responsibility for almost everything in my own business for so many years.
One thing I’ve learned is that as much as I enjoy the gratification from creating something myself it dispenses of the one thing I constantly wish I had more of. Time.
I’m sat right now in one of the most beautifully designed hotels I’ve ever seen and have spent the past days looking at simple and incredible pieces of designed furniture and fixings thinking ‘I could make that’
I then consider time and skills.
Yes I could learn them but that’s going to take me time. There are people out there with those skills already.
I could then put them into practice but that’s also going to take time. Again there are people out there much more efficient at doing these things than me.
Even when I do I could make mistakes. These could cost me dearly in materials and ultimately the project could cost me more than if I’d just bought one or paid someone to do it for me.
Working out is a skill. Just like building a table. Sure, I could pay a skilled carpenter to be by my side all the hours I build that table. That would work, materials and the skills of my teacher…..expensive, time consuming. I’d get it done. Once a tables built it’s built so as an analogous representation of the human body that’s were it ends.
I could pay him to teach me a few things once a week then build the table the rest of the week.
He comes back the following week and undoubtedly we would need to dismantle the table and start again (unless of course I’d left it alone in which case I haven’t progressed). Only small elements of it being built correctly (what he taught me) the rest simply my best efforts or what I assumed I should do.
I spent years, quite literally years working out badly. In that time I picked up injuries. Struggled with progress. Hell, spend £100s of pounds I couldn’t really spare on supplements I thought would ‘make the difference’.
I progressed, don’t get me wrong but had I simply been taught the skill and been educated better I would have been in a much better place. Also I would have spent that money on coaching not supplements.
To put a slight twist on a common phrase;
“You can’t out-supplement (including drugs) bad training”
Training is a skill. You may have a talent for lifting things, kicking a ball, running or whatever but being coached how to make that better is the only way to mastery. Repetition of that skill under scrutiny.
Progress becomes both better and faster.
What everyone wants right.
Find a good coach and get frequent coaching. Don’t become reliant as the goal is to become self sustaining. To fly from the proverbial personal training nest so to speak.