The Power of Do It Yourself!
7-20-10: Initial release.
If any of you guys may know, I am a huge fan of do it yourself or learn for yourself type of philosophy. Because that is too many words, I just simplify it to “Don’t be a tool” mantra.
What does that even mean to be a tool? In short, it means that you are just following the motions. You are being used by someone else to do someone else’s job. A good example is the wise old saying: “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach the man how to fish, and he shall eat forever” , (or something like that). The bottom line is I love to learn for my own because I cannot rely on others to help me get my work done.
As a person who runs this blog, and a youtube account, my time is very precious to me. If you ever get a chance to talk to me online, you will notice that I will say this a lot of the time. You may ask me to watch this video or read this website or whatever, and most of the time I will simply deny your request.
The 5 minutes I spend watching your youtube video about a “double rainbow”, I can use those same 5 minutes to learn a subject to better myself. In fact, every single youtube tutorial that you see on gamedexterity is a tutorial that I have gone through myself. I only speak from experience, and by doing it myself, I have learnt special tricks or learned how to overcome certain difficulties that other teachers may not know themselves.
What I want you to do is ask yourself: “Is there something I can do by myself instead of relying on something else?” I bet there is something you can do about it. After all, by learning how to do something, not only can you do it when you want, you might be able to do it better, faster, and cheaper than the other guy!
Here are some good real life examples:
- Instead of buying hamburgers all the time, you learn how to make your own.
- Instead of renting or buying games all the time, you copy them and play it on your modded console (yes, illegal but people do it all the time)
- Instead of relying on someone to make you a video intro, you learn how to do the tools so you can make your own video intro to the best of your liking.
- Instead of paying ridiculous money to buy a stock computer, you learn how to use the same amount of money or less to build a better, faster, and more powerful PC.
And the list goes on and on. In short, by learning how to do things by yourself, you are becoming a better person. However, you are not a good teacher until you try to teach the subject to someone else.
By doing so, very soon you will realize what you don’t know because if the student does not understand what you are saying or asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to *gasp* then you need to continue your education. 🙂
Do you have a good example of where you learnt something on your own and was proud about it? Tell us about it!