“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren
Part of our jobs as creatives is figuring things out. Discovery and uncertainty are two sides of the same pancake. There’s rarely comfort in uncertainty, but there is excitement. The excitement from learning something new. The thrill of being resourceful or doing something yourself.
It’s one thing to be taught the idea of something, it’s another thing to come to it with your own eyes, ears and hands.
True understanding comes from hands-on experience. There’s a level of wisdom you can’t gain unless you tinker, play, explore and experiment yourself.
That’s true with design and business and coding and well—everything. Of course, it’s not about doing it all yourself, rather using DIY as an approach to learn a skill at a deeper level of compression.
It’s hard to completely get that from a book or tutorial. Teaching is a guide. It opens the door for us, but we are the ones that have to take the extra step and make the connections.
A course might save us time and shortcut our path to understanding and success, but until we get our hands dirty, so to speak, we won’t be at the level of mastery we seek yet.
Ask big questions. Observe the world.
Throw things at the wall. And try things out yourself.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1202