In the digital era that we find ourselves in, resources are constantly at the tip of our fingers 💻📱. It takes a few seconds to access the worldwide web🕸 to search whatever you would like to know. Yet how many of us actually utilize our resources for our own inquiry?
Resource- (n). a stock or supply of materials and assets that can be drawn on by a person in order to function effectively.
In our day to day operations it is typical to experience moments of uncertainty and to face challenges that require you to seek information from various resources. This point alone is why I believe that learning is a lifelong process, and that everyday presents an opportunity to learn something new. 💫 Yet, the real question is what do you do when you don’t have the answer? Who and where do you turn to? or Do you consider it a loss and allow your question to remain unanswered?
Throughout my PhD journey my most challenging area has been Statistics. Due to my lack of experience prior to entering my program I felt as though I was behind in the game when it came to running and analyzing statistical procedures. Having recognized this discrepancy and being determined to not allow my lack of prior experiences to impede my success, I did what I had to do to not only pass my stats courses, but also to ensure that I knew the information. 🔑
My experience with stats at the PhD level was not the best. I found the text that was used for instruction to be confusing and the details to be very vague. I recognized that in terms of levels, the author assumed that the readers already had a solid foundation of what was being discussed (as do most programs and Professors). However, this was not the case for me. I then realized that I had three opinions in this matter and those options were to either complain, do nothing, or figure it out on my own.
Upon deciding to take my experience with statistics into my own hands, I tapped into my resources (Google and Amazon) and searched the web for additional textbooks that covered the same material. 🔑 What I found was that even though both texts presented the same information the one I purchased as a supplement “spoke my language” and unpacked the content in a manner that was easier for me to understand. 😉
In addition to this using Google and Amazon as resources I also utilized YouTube. Whereas the books purchased presented the context needed for understanding the statistical analyses, YouTube videos walked me through the process of running the analyses, cleaning the data, and helped me to understand how the entire process connected.
This Weeks Tip:
Instead of allowing challenges to defeat you, tap into your resources and take matters into your own hands.💡 Although you may struggle, never give up on yourself or be afraid to take a slightly different approach to inquiry. The resources that are needed to be successful, are at the tip of your fingers.
- Identify your weaknesses…Never allow your challenges to stunt your progression
- Attack those weaknesses head on…Adjust your mindset and declare that you are up for the challenge presented
- Identify resources that can help…surf the web. Amazon has a plethora of books to choose from, YouTube is great for guiding you through the process, and Google can further direct you to resources.
Remember, it’s never about passing the course or simply getting the job done. It’s ALWAYS about knowing the information and being able to share it with others and implement it into your daily practices.
Proverbs 19:2- “ Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”