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Jeri Ellsworth shares her simple secret to learning electronics: give yourself permission to make mistakes! I think the same advice applies to any skill or task you are trying to achieve.

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  1. Colecoman1982 says:

    I’ve always felt that this is a big part of why some people can’t ever seem to learn how to use computer competently (especially in the middle-aged and older groups). They are so afraid that they’re going to break/delete something that they never allow themselves to relax and get the experience they need from just messing around a lot.

  2. pete says:

    Jeri FTW!

  3. Simon says:

    I don’t get so many nay-sayers with my projects now since I have done enough that people who know me know when I say I am going to do something they don’t doubt I can. But I get really annoyed at people who always say ‘you must have too much time on your hands’. It’s a comment from people who just don’t get it and can’t even think of anything intelligent to say.

    You also make less mistakes as you get more experienced of course and I found I have learned how to anticipate and design around them. When I make something I am always thinking of different approaches when I am trying something new or something I am not sure about. I always have alternatives in case something doesn’t work out how I think it will. I try not to design myself into a corner.