Today, I wanted to talk to you about rubber sheets – my model that I use when learning something new.
Whenever I try to learn something new, I suck at the beginning.
Take setting up a website for example. I didn’t understand databases or coding or servers. I had no clue where to begin. I’d search for stuff online and try some stuff out.
I would try and try but eventually, I would give up, frustrated because nothing was working.
Then, after a while (days/weeks/months), I would come back and take another shot.
The second time around, I’d make a little more progress. And then, once again, I would get frustrated and give up.
This cycle would repeat until finally, one day, it all clicked. I’d finally get it.
This cycle of trial and error is similar to pushing through a rubber sheet. You push and push, but you can’t break through. All you see is that the sheet expands with you – pissing you off.
But, what you don’t see is that the sheet is weakening. If you take a break and push again, the sheet weakens even more – eventually breaking and letting you through.
You make it to the next level.
You could apply this approach to everything – except skydiving, I suppose. I hear failure there could be fatal.
My Rubber Sheets
I’ve broken through rubber sheets while learning writing, building robots, making websites, cooking and paintball.
Right now, I’m trying to break through rubber sheets for meditation, small talk and fitness.
So, the next time you’re frustrated, don’t give up. Remember that it’s a rubber sheet that you’re trying to break through.
And, that there’s always another rubber sheet waiting for you.
Till next time, love.
Arvindh aka Gundu
P.S. If you’re interested in learning something, I would highly recommend the book called ‘The First 20 Hours’ by Josh Kaufman.
P.P.S. Getting a teacher/mentor/guide/book can help quicken the process of the break through.