If I had a nickel…
If you work in the custom services business, you’ve probably heard this before, or some variation of it. “I don’t want to pay you to learn how to do this.” or “I’m not paying you to learn on the job.” Something of that nature. This is the wrong attitude to have.
We live in an ever-changing world
Let’s get real for a moment: the web changes every day.
Perhaps that’s even too specific. The world changes every day, whether you work in the web or not. But on the web, new software comes out, new updates are pushed, new versions are released, new products are developed. Old problems are solved, new problems are created. Sometimes you find yourself doing the same thing twice, but usually, you’re solving a problem that’s similar to, but not identical to, a problem you’ve solved before. If you’re active in your field, if you’re really on the cutting edge of what you do, you’re learning every single time you sit down at your keyboard.
Our skills are not HTML, CSS, or PHP, our skill is learning.
Our skill is learning.
When someone says “I’m not paying you to learn how to do this”, in a way, they are exactly right. You’re not paying me to learn how to learn. Learning is my area of expertise. You’re paying me to put my skill of learning and solving problems to work for you.