Dom: Dive In the Deep End!
I have often wondered how some individuals become so good at their chosen sport or profession, to the point where they seem superhuman! The obvious answer is that they practice or study from an early age, applying every moment possible to perfect and practice their wares to the point where it becomes automatic in their subconsciousness. Most probably, it happens if you have” heaps” of time on your hands or had someone mentoring you from an early age.
However, if like me you don’t have that much time on your hands, I suggest you subscribe to another method in mastering the steep learning curve in a short time frame. What is it, I hear you asking me? Well, you need to do something really drastic, you know, being thrown in at the deep end so to speak.
Not that long ago I wanted to learn to fly fish, so like most people I went out and bought a fly rod, reel, fly line, flies, etc. Went to a river on a fishing trip in the snowy mountains and only took the fly gear, deliberately not taking any other fishing gear, spinning outfits or lures. On that first trip I caught nothing, was frustrated with wind knots, tangles, getting the fly caught in tussocks and trees. However I learnt to cast those two short days through perseverance and practice. On the second trip I landed my first trout on fly, the third trip I caught five trout, the fourth trip saw ten trout, and the fifth, 26 trout.
Now I am no expert fly fisher and there are other aspects that need to be learnt as well such as watercraft, locations, type of fly, feeding patterns, etc. I can assure you, the fact that I just had to persevere meant I was able to learn very quickly. I have since used this technique with three friends who needed to learn real quick and they achieved similar results.
Until next time stay safe and dive in the deep end. You may get to where you want to go much quicker.