ONCE A NOVICE : I NOW CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE PROFICIENT
Improving from the point of being an amateur to being a professional in a particular field or another isn't something that comes by chance or magic, but it's the product of relentless efforts in commitment and a willingness to learn and improve in such an aspect. I, for one, have had several occasions where I was once an amateur in something, but along the way, after putting some things in place, I can say without a doubt that I'm not good.
Being an amateur or a novice in something isn't bad, except when we refuse to improve from that status to the next level. No one brought a skill or complete talent from heaven; be it talent or skills, the place of proper brooding and continuous effort to improve can't be overemphasized, so basically for everything we also started as a novice before progressing to amateur, then regular, professional, and much more, even to the point where we'll be regarded as excellent in such.
Prior to me joining the give blockchain, I wasn't into any form of blogging, although I do have a Facebook page where I share inspiring stories, motivational content, and so on, but most of those weren't 100% mine as I sometimes added other people's pieces to spice up mine. With this, I wasn't improving in any way, and it got to a point where I got tired of writing because most times when I shared my own original content, I hardly got encouraging feedback from my followers like I did when I shared other people's.
And seems Facebook isn't like the hive blockchain that accepts nothing other than original content and proper referencing when needed, so I gave up on writing but to keep my over 2000 followers going I fed them other people's content. Things would soon take a drastic U-turn when my friend Monica invited me to the hive blockchain; she told me of the need to be original at all times and that I didn't really have to be perfect but original and sharing helpful content in my own way.
From her statement, I decided to dust my long-dropped and abandoned writing pen and start afresh once again, although I was quite terrible at first. The few pieces of content I first published on the blockchain weren't in anyway good, although they were original, but my use of words was next to zero, and my content wasn't well organized, and this alone could be what won't make anyone feel encouraged to read through them or deem them fit for rewards.
But as time went on, because I was persistent with my writing, I was also reading other people's content on the blockchain, and I must say the way some people wrote their English, topics, and the like, were just captivating on their own, and this literally draws the attention of the audience to want to read further to know what the author has to say, and with that awareness, the hunger to improve brooded in me.
Another aspect where I can improve, aside from learning the use of English, is activating words and topics. The first is the idea of reading extensively; readers are known to be knowers; the more you read or listen, the more you'll know, and that's how your inner mind can be brooded to dish out quality content that is aligned in a way that draws the attention of your audience. Another is the aspect of markdowns; markdowns, when properly used, have the capacity to beautify our content and make it appealing to readers.
A typical example of my improvement in blogging and content writing is the post I publish sometimes in 2021 here, and here is an improvement in arrangements, type of content writing, and much more when compared with this one I wrote a few months ago. I'm not saying I'm now perfect when it comes to blogging; all I'm saying is that I've improved, and with that, I can regard myself as being good. Because I work towards improving my writing, there's still room for improvement, and I'm open to those as well.
𝖂𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖊 𝕴'𝖒 𝕾𝖙𝖎𝖑𝖑 𝕬 𝕹𝖔𝖛𝖎𝖈𝖊/𝕬𝖒𝖆𝖙𝖊𝖚𝖗
There are still aspects of life in which I'm still a novice or an amateur, and these are probably because I've not given them a try, I'm less committed to improving in them, or just because of one situation or another. The list of places where I'm still an amateur seems endless, but the few that come to mind now are as follows:
- Spending Management: I'm the type of person who manages her finances pretty well to an extent, but when I realize someone very close to me is in need, I end up giving out some of the money I had planned for something else, although this never happens when I also have huge pending needs. I feel like those around me take that weakness for granted and always have something that requires urgent money, in other to improve on financial management I think I need to be more strict and that way I can say I'm good.
- Blockchain Games: I've been trying to learn and play a blockchain game like Splinterlands for over a year now, but despite those lengthy days of learning, I'm still an amateur in it. This is probably because I hardly dedicated enough time for it and I neither have enough financial resources to invest and play to earn more in return.
Thanks so much for reading through my response to the prompt in the Hive Learners community, published by Kronias, as regarding us. I'm sharing a few details about an aspect where we were once novices or amateurs but now can declare ourselves to be good at them; please read Kronia's post for more information.
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One thing is that when we keep practising, we will get improve day by day. What you do not know today and you worked on it, will be something you will know tomorrow, and that is a step unlocked from being an amateur to becoming proficient. Today, I can say I have improved in my writing skill because when I compare now to then, I laugh at myself but in another way, become happy because there has been a big difference and I believe I will keep on improving until I reach the pro level.
You just have to be strict with spending this time around. This is my plan this year, I am really strict with budgeting and saving.
That's absolutely correct, with regular practice and consistency in the same thing, one will keep improving, it's good to know this also includes you.
I also laugh at some of my old writings, it's quite funny but then it shows how far I've come and how I have work hard not to settle for less but improve on and on.
Hmmm I hope I'll be able to stay with a straight face and not handle money anyhow this time around.
Thanks for your input, why we no see you in game yesterday?
Seriously, I planned to show up last night but I was carried away by things that I remembered around 11 pm and I know you guys would have finished. I was pained but I just let it slide. I hope I do not forget or get carried away for next week´s own.
Thanks for your concern.
Being deliberate with learning helps us to achieve our desired state in no time.
We keep learning as long as we are still alive. Keep it up and you will be surprised how far you will go with the learning.
Yea that's one is certain, learning is endless and we get to acquire more knowledge on a daily basis.
Truly we all mostly start out as amateur in many fields but with constant learning and practicing in no time, we become good at what we do. Being your own original content writer now, I bet those days you thought it was impossible for you to achieve, you are doing so much better now.
Yea it just like that, we learn and then build on what we've learnt to grown and become good enough.
I guess one thing that helped me was that I actually believe in myself that I can do it, my mindset then was if others can do it, then I won't be an exception.
The power of the mind at work😉
Woohooo you have indeed grown and improved all round bro, I thought I was the only one who improved based on writing skills and the use of English lol I guess it's everyone on the blockchain, you have indeed done well in the last number of months and I can see you are now a true alpha
It's everyone o, most especially we who English isn't our mothers tongue, but then thank God for growth.
I started blogging as an amateur, I was a spammer on Steemit because I didn't believe I can do it but with time, I started learning just like you did and the improvement came.
Although, I am still from awesome content creators like you, and I believe I can before become an incredible writer someday.
You definitely have put in a lot of effort to reach this stage and you just need to dedicate more time to the things you still want to develop on.
Oh It is always not an easy journey but with believe, time and consistent Practice anything is possible.
I'm still a learner as well and was looking up to you lols.
We'll all be alright, thanks for your input.
We definitely grow from being a novice to a professional.
You are good no cap, and i must say you have really been doing well sir
I just believe you will become a boss if you are an amateur that is if you refused to quit and that's exactly what you have been doing so I'm going to say Weldon for everything you have achieved so far
Smile, I'm still learning o. It's a long way to the top but here I doubt there's a top because we learn daily.
One thing I see in Hive is, learning never ends. The more we keep trying the better we become. You did well for yourself and you came to the Hive blockchain all thanks to your friend.
For the Blockchain games am still trying to be better too.
Thanks for sharing
Yea that's absolutely correct, learning is a continuous thing on hive and that's one of the major reason why I love it here, the opportunity to learn knew things regularly and the beauty of it all is that it comes freely.
It good to know you're improving in blockchain game, I just haven't have enough time to dedicate to it and that's why I'm still behind.
To become proficient, it entails hard work and consistency.
You are a pro blogger now and I'm one of your fans because I enjoy reading your content.
Keep it up man, you are amazing!!!