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It takes work

Every time I see a video or read a tutorial about how to do something, I think again about what it takes to really master a process. There are two parts to learning. One is the acquisition of knowledge. The other is the acquisition of skill.

Knowledge can be gained in many ways. Reading, watching a video or observing a demonstration in person are some of the ways.

But the acquisition of knowledge is only half the game. One must also have the skill needed to perform the task. And skill can only be gained through practice, actually performing the process over and over until it becomes second nature. Put them together and they equal experience.

The idea that one can become a proficient maker by simply reading or watching is folly. It takes work to get good at anything.

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