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    How Do You Develop Your Skills?

    Hello, As we all know technology is moving fast so as the world so I was wondering how do you develop your skills? Whether it is designing or coding or any other skill you have.

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    ill develop my skill first my parents 2nd to my scholl thats all dude!


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    I didn't get it. Perhaps you could be more clear.

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    whatever skill you have learned and want to improve , all you have to do is practice it in actual and in imagination .

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    Right but how you develop it through imagination? If you can't implement it

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    Start with small projects, you can not do a large thing from the start. Focus and once you have worked this to a stage where you are happy, expand on that skill, and then the next step.

    A skill takes time to develop. Imagination helps a lot, because you are able to envision your goal. Goals too lofty will trip you and frustrate you, that is why it is so important to set your sights lower in the beginning.

    You can divide your goals into steps. The long range goal and the short range goal. Through conquering the short range, you will eventually reach the long range goal.

    Learn the tools you will need for the projects one at a time. Never go further unless you have mastered the one that you are learning at the moment. That gives you a base and also confidence to go on.
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    By, killing noobs.
    "A nerd who gets contacts
    and a trendy hair cut is still a nerd"

    - Stephen Colbert on Apple Users

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    Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite... "I don't have any good skills..."

    Anyways... the truest advice of all is this...

    to develop skill anything at all...

    P R A C T I C E !!




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    And don't be afraid to ask questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK View Post
    And don't be afraid to ask questions.
    Yes, and do not be afraid to make a mistake, all of us do
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura
    A skill takes time to develop.
    this is sad but true in most cases..

    Quote Originally Posted by Datura
    and do not be afraid to make a mistake, all of us do
    mistakes are the fun part of learning

    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK
    And don't be afraid to ask questions.
    this is wery important, if there is someone you can ask, then go on asking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Datura
    Imagination helps a lot, because you are able to envision your goal.
    when i learn something new i start to think about all possible and impossible angles this can be used from, and then when i start to practice it, i expand that imagination.

    i always makes use of a lot of thinking where i generate all kind of problems and then tries to solve them, first in my mind and later for real. i also visualize the finished project in use.
    this steps i do with all i am learning and all i do. building it, tearing it down and then building and expanding it again, inside my head
    besides this i practice it whenever i can and luckily i can remember almost everything i trie, do, see, read or hear so learning have never been a problem.

    so for me imagination, visualization and practice is the way.
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    I spend time looking at existing projects.

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    Thanks guys for the great comments.I will consider following them.

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    I hone my skills here to a razor sharp edge by helping others here with their problems. Of course, there is a wealth of talent and skill here, so sometimes someone will beat me to the punch, leaving me with no choice but to nod in agreement. Other times, I can work my magic.

    Now, as for skill sets out of my range, I typically start small and from the beginning, and generally work my way up from there. I almost never use a Web site to learn how to do something (I made that mistake with HTML back in 2002); instead I reach for a good book. Then I find a few people I know and I pester the heck out of them.

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    Why don't you use a website? There are many good websites online these days which teach you many things. As for the books,they are good for offline reading etc and as a reference.

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    Because a lot of the Web sites out there are pure garbage, that's why. Anyone can just toss up a Web site and put their sign on the door (claiming they're an expert or a guru), but a book requires a lot of thorough editing by a team of editors, reviewers and fact checkers before the publisher will allow the book to printed.

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    Thumbs up Learn how to learn

    I have spent the last 10 years in education. I went to the trouble of gaining university status in education in the form of a degree. My most important lesson was that "the more you learn, the more there is to learn", frightening.

    This place (Sitepoint) is one of those places.

    From members such as Dan and Datura, we can learn alot. Good to see you guys again.

    We are all standing on shoulders of giants. Who said that?

    My advice is: Find the way you learn the best, visual, audio, reading taking notes, ad lib, projects, deep end, or combination of all of it. Record how you go (journal) reflect and do it again, a slightly different way.

    Most of all love what you do....

    Love your work, Datura and Dan.

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    If we're the giants, then upon whose shoulders are we standing on?

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    You are such a NERD Dan. I love it.....

    Anyone, are of course standing on the shoulders of whom stepped there before.

    Are there any arguments in learning which eliminates experience?

    What was there before Sitepoint?

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    You got a point Dan about the book , I didn't think it in that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Gusto View Post

    From members such as Dan and Datura, we can learn alot. Good to see you guys again.

    We are all standing on shoulders of giants. Who said that?

    Love your work, Datura and Dan.

    Regards Kai
    Thank you Lee, much appreciated

    I had 2 mentors in my life. The first one was a great graphic artist who was colorblind. He taught me the principles of design, and having no use of color at all, made him an excellent teacher, because all he had was shape and greys to work with. He took my first attempts and pointed me in the right direction. I listened to him and soon was an equal. We founded a little company together as well later on.

    My second mentor was and is my husband. We are equals as well now, and it is a joy to be able to discuss all things design with him. We teach each other now. So I had long years of learning and I am still not finished. Learning never stops

    Mentors can be an important part in the learning process, because of the deeper and more personal relationship of teacher and pupil.
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    Practice makes almost perfect. Work hard.

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    Never be afraid to look stupid. Admit that you know little. Surround yourself with people you admire and who knows so much more. Be motivated and learn from them at the same time.

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    That is right, the more you practice the better you become

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Gusto View Post
    You are such a NERD Dan. I love it.....
    I'm not a nerd. I'm a gamer.


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