Two and a half months ago I started a position with a new organization as a Data Analyst. I’ve been extremely happy with the change and continue to be excited by tall the opportunity. The only thing I wish were different was that I was further along in the learning process.
I love learning new things. To gain knowledge and successfully apply it in a real life situation is exciting and causes me to be eager to go to work every day. However, two things I have to continually remind myself are that:
- Learning is a process that takes time and consistency
- I have to be ok with that
When it comes to learning, I’d always like to shorten the process and spend less time fumbling around as new concepts slowly become familiar, so that I can start contributing sooner. The reality is that I can never gain understanding or mastery of a topic if I’m not comfortable with the discomfort that comes during the learning process.
If you’re currently in the process of learning something new (which I hope you are) and perhaps you’re frustrated with process that may be slower than you’d like, be encouraged, because you’re on the right track! Just know that your commitment to the learning process will pay off in understanding, if not mastery, of the topic. And if it takes longer than you’d like, be ok with that.