It's often said that the way to build new skills is through focused repetition. But, be mindful of joy sucking and soul destroying capacity development. A few illustrations come to mind. 🧵
I learnt to swim a while back. The idea was for it to become a habit & exercise option. But for some reason, I was never consistent. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and it finally hit me. I don't enjoy swimming. It's not by force. Let me learn enough to survive and move on.
It's the same thing with accounts. I hate it and am currently in the process of delegating the small segment I still oversee.
I think it's useful to develop a new skill. But find one that gives you joy and that you're adept at. It will be easier to sustain. You have competing priorities. You also have limited time. Why waste it on something that causes you stress and pain?

#YearOfJoy #2021

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