Each Step Adds Up

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Learning is like climbing a flight of stairs. If you want to learn one particular task, it’s like taking a step up. If you want a college degree, your climbing the Empire State building. Each thing you learn is founded on what you learned before, and how well that knowledge was grounded. A solid foundation can allow you to climb as far as you want. A muddy or sandy foundation is going to give you problems as you reach higher.

We talked about how difficult it sometimes is, to find time to learn new things. If you wanted to learn how to tie fishing flies, you could start off with a few YouTube segments. YouTube has many videos on fly tying that are well under 15 minutes. You can learn all about the fly tying tools needed in 11 minutes. Fly tying for beginners is only 14 minutes. And you can even make an Olive Woolly Bugger in seven minutes and 24 seconds.

After you watch the YouTube videos, you might want to get a small tie flying kit. You can find them in fishing stores or online, and I have seen some for between $25 and $35. Remember, if you haven’t done something before, do your research, start small and then build up as the need arises.

Budget your time. Maybe you could tie in the evening, or after watching the videos, break up the fly tying into segments. I know some people who write by getting up an hour earlier in the morning to do so. I don’t know if early morning fly tying is a good thing or not. But if you really want to learn it, and don’t have the time to just go to a class on the weekend, this is an alternative that could work.

So what do you do with the flys after you’ve tied them all? The first thing to do is to go fishing and see if they actually work. Once you know their catching fish, it’s time to start letting people know you got flies that can catch fish. The second thing you want to let them know is you’d be glad to tie some for them. The rest is just price points and marketing.

Oh, wait a minute, I’m the one who always wanted to learn and tie flies. Our question here is what do you want to learn? Well, I’ll make you a deal. Figure out what you want to learn. If you can’t break it down into segments, write to me, and I’ll help you do so. And at the same time, I’m going to start watching tie flying video’s on YouTube, and I will post a picture on my blog the first time I catch a fish with a fly that I tied.

Doing anything is just one step at a time. Each step we take becomes the foundation for the next step that we are about to take. Taking a step barely takes a moment, climbing to somewhere new takes determination. And yet, you can get there. Just take one step at a time.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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