Now, I am not complaining, as many people did not have fathers that even did that. But as a result I don’t know how to do things like: repair a tractor engine, renovate a house, or install a rain water collection system.
So my question to you is: how do you learn these things?
I learn best when someone sits down and shows me, teaches me, how to do something. But I don’t really have anyone who can spend the time with me to school me in these areas, which leaves me mainly with books, manuals, and videos.
I’ve bought the reader’s digest how to fix stuff book, but it hasn’t really helped me do anything. When the air conditioner breaks down, I don’t know the first step about debugging it, and it doesn’t help me to see breakout diagrams of air conditioners. Can’t make heads or tails out of what would be the first thing to look for.
Waitzkin excelled in chess for many years but then lost interest or got burnt out on the game. He then switched to a form of tai chi martial arts and won championships in that, so he wrote a book about how he could so successfully learn new things. I skimmed through it but was not too impressed. While it was great that he accomplished so much, it seemed more a book about him accomplishing greatness in different fields and not about how someone can learn something they have not been trained or schooled in.
As we plan to buy some acreage and move out to our homestead, I know I will need to become skilled at things I have no background in, things like repairing engines, installing solar panels and rain water collection systems, building fences and gates, and so on.
Any tips? How can you learn something without a mentor?