The Learning Curve
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
by Staff, Spaulding Law
Accept that you will make mistakes. Employers know and understand that mistakes are a part of the learning process. Even those who have been with a company for years occasionally make a mistake. Understanding and accepting that occasional mistakes will happen allows you to learn and move on rather than dwelling on it and undermining your confidence.
Ask questions. This can be incredibly uncomfortable for those who have grown accustomed to operating independently. However, taking the opportunity to clarify basic definitions and terminology along with a broad understanding of the task can help you make connections much quicker than trying to figure things out on your own. Communicating a knowledge gap can also save you the embarrassment of making a mistake that might have been avoided with a little bit of clarification.
Repetition and reinforcement is key. People quickly learn things that they do repeatedly and an increase in the number of correct answers you give versus incorrect answers will boost your confidence and increase performance. This is easier in a situation where you are performing the same functions over and over again, but how does one get the benefits of this principle when their opportunities to practice something are spread out? One answer may be to take detailed notes related to each task. These notes can be reviewed regularly and you will feel more familiar with the task when the opportunity to perform it again arises.
The learning curve will always be accompanied with some level of discomfort. However, if you can learn to deal with the discomfort, just think of all of the possibilities that will open up for you. There is a whole group of people who let that discomfort stop them from trying something new. You will have a competitive edge if you can learn to productively deal with the learning curve and embrace those experiences.
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