Self-teaching is the best type of teaching and a difficult path too. It is easy to get lost in the never ending time. Because there is always another day and no boss to tell you how to do it.
For many people – it works like a charm when someone else tells you how to do things. And you can just focus on the now – doing the work and waiting for the next set of instructions. But the times are changing – being a leader is the need of the hour. It was difficult and sometimes a cultural shift to raise your hand. Now, it is encouraged if you want to lead somewhere – you can become a leader because you want it to.
And thus teaching has evolved into something else now. Yes, there are traditional methods of learning available – where you attend and do the work and probably get a certificate which says you are now better.
The alternative is to teach yourself from the vast resources available in the internet – and start a project. And then say to world – here I created this.
Self learning is the new type of learning and you are encouraged because now more than ever before – you can learn – there is an infinite resources. Just take your pick and get going.
You may have watched the Olympics swimming event – and there is a round of freestyle swimming. But in that – all the swimmers only do the front crawl. So it is natural that the name for front crawl has become freestyle.
Freestyle by definition means you can do any style of swimming – but since in a competition you need to win – all the swimmers do the front crawl because presumably it is the fastest. And while learning the swimming it is often the first taught one. So, it is natural that many people are good in the freestyle.
So go ahead and watch some freestyle swimming videos – read about it. But don’t limit yourself to that – go and jump in water. Of course first in shallow water for safety reasons.
Day in and day out – do the practice. Slowly you will progress and if you are doing the prep and learning from mistakes – there is nothing which can stop you.
Learning by yourself is all good – but you need to make sure that the safety thing is on point. If you were learning something which doesn’t have life risks then good – but in swimming – you need to take care of yourself.
Always learn about the perimeter as in where you can practice certain things. And when you can dip yourself in deeper waters.
Never try to outsmart the guys who is in charge – because they are at duty to safeguard you. Learn at your pace – once you master soemthing, move on to the next thing. And tell the guys in charge how far have you progressed. And with their permission move ahead to the other deep areas.
Aside from this, don’t let anything discourage you. You are more stronger than you think.