Always Be Learning

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If salesmen should always be closing, then perhaps media types should take on the motto “Always be learning.”

A little over 4 years ago I applied for an internship online. A few months later it turned into a paid gig. I had been out of the film industry for a solid 10 years and everything had changed. I didn’t know much about computers and my technical knowledge was extremely limited. I was faced with the daunting task of learning an incredible amount of strange knowledge and skills. Or I could give up and try my hand at some other line of work.

Around the second week of the internship I was extremely frustrated with some piece of equipment that wasn’t working properly and as I took my lunch break I pondered the idea of simply cutting my losses and going back to the drawing board. I was pretty close to just taking off but a little voice inside me said, “stay.” So I listened and I’m glad that I did.

I haven’t always been the type to soak up knowledge like a sponge. That’s not really who I have ever been. I have to work at it. If someone asks me something my gut reaction has always been, “No,” or “Not interested,” because somehow the idea of participating in life seems unbearable at times. So just like that inspiring Jim Carrey film Yes Man, I’m saying yes to life and to the people in it. I have found there are tremendous benefits to the simple motto, “Always be learning.”

It’s been a crazy road with many trying moments in the work place when I just want to give up. But because I’ve just learned a bit here and a bit there over a decent period, now I’m a professional demo reel editor and all kinds of industry professionals give me compliments on my skills. I feel that the road is narrowing but I’m learning a bit more each day on my journey to who knows where.