7 Reasons Why Learning a New Skill Will Make You a Better Person

7 reasons why learning a new skill will make you a better person

Typography has always been a passion. Over the past few years, I’ve come across many inspiring pieces of hand lettering and calligraphy. As a graphic designer, I’m very familiar with working with letters and type on-screen in a logo design, advertisement, or package design; but never by hand – so I decided to give calligraphy a try. After completing one intro course online, I was surprised at how many life skills I learned from simply trying something new. Whether you’re learning a new language, learning to play an instrument, or learning how to knit, these concepts still apply. If you’ve ever felt the urge to try something new, you may be surprised by what you learn from it.

Here are 7 reasons to start learning a new skill:

  1. Brain Exercise.
    Calligraphy is a welcome break from designing on the computer. There’s a mental benefit of putting pen to paper; I have to plan ahead with ink, and can’t just “Command+Z” my way through writing. When learning something new, you may need to use more math, more creative language, or more hand-eye coordination. Whatever the skill, you’ll most likely be using a different part of your brain than you do on a day-to-day basis. Plus, keeping your brain active in learning can even improve your memory and ward off dementia! Win. Win.
  2. Instant Gratification.
    You get a certain kind of satisfaction when you immediately see the results of what you’ve just created. Whether it’s successfully remembering your first line of Italian or painting that first stroke on canvas, seeing any kind of result is rewarding.
  3. Preventing Burnout.
    By feeding a creative outlet with a skill or hobby that is unrelated to your daily job will allow your mind to be fresh when approaching your work life. For me, a break from the computer allows me to be a little less fatigued when getting back into the office.
  4. It’s Simply Fun!
    Enjoying a cup of coffee, putting on some music, writing out sheet after sheet of practice letters and just being in the moment is surprisingly therapeutic and enjoyable. When learning anything, the repetition of practice can have a calming effect.
  5. Endless Options.
    Gaining a new skill set provides you another tool in your tool belt with which to complete any task. I previously had to rely on existing fonts for a logo design, but now I have the skill to create a custom type treatment.
  6. New Approach to Problem Solving.
    Learning something new can help you think differently or analyze things from a new perspective. You may find that a specific technique used in knitting could be applied to mending a hole in your pants!
  7. Better Foundation of Knowledge.
    A new skill gives you an improved appreciation for that discipline. After a few guitar lessons, you’ll hear your favorite band differently and may even better understand how they created their music. For me, understanding how letters and script are created by hand provides a better basis from which to analyze and design type on a screen.

If you find yourself interested in learning something new, just go for it! You never know what will come out of it and what new skills you’ll develop which could apply to your everyday life.

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