Efficient vs Instructive

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Learning is a slow process.

In the last year I’ve been learning about producing, mixing and mastering music. I learn new things all the times. I learn by reading articles, by watching videos and by trying new things.

Often, I face a disjunctive—do things the old way, or try something new. The old way–i.e., the way I learned last week—would take me five minutes. When I try something new I usually think that it’s not going to take more than ten minutes. Three hours later, after failing ten times, I finally achieve my purpose. Each of the failures teaches me something new.

My day is still 24 hours long. I don’t always have the luxury of trying new things all the time. And I don’t want to try new things when I’m paying my bills online. I want to get that done as soon as possible. The practice is to keep in mind the importance of learning the important things. I have to keep in mind that the fastest way is not always the best when I’m making art. I’m in this for the long run, my commitment is deep, so there’s no need to run.

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