How Long You Are Willing To Invest In A Skill
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How Long You Are Willing To Invest In A Skill

I was talking to a person today that had such an interesting and blunt direction in life when it comes to paying for various classes for his daughter. For example, it is not uncommon for a parent to pay for some kind of music lessons for a child with a common one being piano lessons. For him though, he mentioned where after four months since his daughter wasn’t getting any better he said forget about it and told her straight up that she was bad in playing the piano. She then went into different types of instruments and has found success fairly quickly.

The same went in investing in activities such as teaching her various sports too where he mentioned if she does not get good enough within a specific time period then he will just tell her straight up that she is horrible with it and will move on to something else. It’s one of those mentalities where you either got it or you don’t I suppose.

That is kind of anti “being persistent” I’d say where sometimes you just have to stick with it as everyone needs a different amount of time to truly become good at something. How long I would personally stick to things of this nature in terms of expecting results depends on the intention of doing it in the first place.

Life skills in general is a long term investment where it is more about benefiting my everyday life. However, learning a skill to compete with others is a different story as that I would be more inclined to say maybe it is not for you if you can’t compete at a certain level during an X amount of time.

It’s almost like a business too where you have to think how much of your time you are willing to invest and stick at it till you decide “This is not right for me” if you still aren’t making immediate financial progress.

1 Comment

  • joewatch 7/21/2009

    This is a tough one, but I agree with it in principle. The hard part is deciding these things for children, who are in a constant state of growth and development. Some people have their kids start soccer at age 4 years, and it would be a mistake to say he/she is going to be horrible at it based on their experience at such a young age.

    On the other hand, I’ve heard that some pro athletes get to a point in their childhood where they wanted to quit because they weren’t getting any better, but their parents recognized their talent and forced them to continue. In a lot of activities, your skill level reaches a plateau at some point, and you don’t get any better until after you’ve spent at least 100 hours doing it.

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