That headline isn’t link bait. There are no secret gimmicks here or any sort of bait and switch going on. There is a skill that we can all use to learn how to do any job.
Yep, it is that simple. The ability to read can help you learn how to do almost anything.
Read those words again: The ability to read can help you learn how to do almost anything.
This hasn’t always been true in the way that it is today. That is because we have more resources and greater access to information than at any other time in history.
It sounds like hype but don’t let skepticism prevent you from giving this serious consideration. I am not selling anything but an idea. You can choose to agree or disagree and it won’t cost you a dime either way.
Today the question isn’t really one of access but of time and the willingness/ability to use it to learn.
Real World Examples
This is a self hosted blog using the Genesis Framework by Studiopress which incorporates the Prose Child theme. It doesn’t look like this when you take it out of the box. While I cannot say that I did heavy coding to make it look like it does I can say I am responsible for quite a bit of what you see.
I chose which plugins to use and have made numerous changes to this joint. In the process I have encountered a number of different technical issues. Some of them have been significant enough to cause the entire site to go down.
And let me tell what a joyous feeling it is to click activate and watch the page melt and wonder what the hell just happened.
But I didn’t panic and it is not because I am a software engineer because I am not. I am a writer who has developed some rudimentary skills with HTML and CSS.
More importantly I have spent enough time working here to figure out what sorts of information I need so when there is a melt down I know what to search for.
What About People Who Don’t Blog?
If you are not a blogger don’t worry because you are still covered. YouTube is one of my favorite resources for information and it is not because it is where I store my videos.
It is because it is a vast repository of “how to” videos on a million different topics. I have used it more than once to help with household repairs, homework and a whole bunch of other things.
It is a supplement to the information I read online. If I am having trouble visualizing what I am reading about I can go to YouTube and search for a video that covers the topic and vice versa.
Practical Knowledge Versus Theoretical
I won’t lie and say there is no reason to discuss practical knowledge versus theoretical. There is a huge difference in reading about brain surgery and wielding a scalpel. There is a difference between knowing how to fly a plane and actually flying it.
There are always going to be benefits derived from the practical application versus the theoretical.
But doesn’t mean there still isn’t significant value in reading or that you can’t use it to teach yourself how to do much more than you know how to do today.
I am not sure if I can think of a skill that I use more frequently or that has proven to be more valuable than reading.
What do you think?