|A jewelry box cake hubby made for a friend|
My husband was also a pastry chef for years. Where did he go to school? He didn't; he's self-taught and, of course, had some great mentors while he was learning on the job. Same with his knowledge of specialty foods, where he's considered an expert within his field.
The best way to learn is to DO. Reading is great, training is helpful, coaching is a start... but unless you do the thing you want to get better at, you will not learn, nor will you improve.
I am constantly in awe of those of my clients who have avoided public speaking their whole lives and are now about to make the leap. Some of them have taken classes, lessons or read books, but for the ones who have managed to get out of every possible speaking engagement, this is huge.
With all the fear that has held them back, they also know that they must start doing. They look for opportunities at church, in small meetings. They know they will have to make these opportunities happen if they are to succeed at actually learning.
As I've said before, the most important thing is to get started. Take action. Daydream, fantasize, cogitate, ruminate and plan all you want. But if you want to learn and you want to move forward, you must DO.
What have you taught yourself to do and how did you make it happen?