I used to do a lot of dumb crap that ended up becoming useful later on in life.
I did these things just for fun.
Maybe I was a nerd.
Maybe I had too much free time.
But they almost always translated into useful skills SOMEWHERE down the line.
In high school I started to learn Photoshop for fun. I illegally downloaded it and tinkered around. Since I was a high school student around the year 2000, there wasn’t much use for it, so I used it for dumb things.
I used to do crap like take pictures of my first car (a 1992 Mercury Sable) shown here:
….and I would Photoshop different rims and graphics onto the car like this:OOhhhhhh yeeeaaa Pimp My Ride!!!
….OK, clearly this was stupid, but by accident I started teaching myself Photoshop.
Now I use Photoshop on a daily basis for….
–Friends ask for images to be modified.
–I can mockup spec-sheets for outsourcing really well (like this and this).
–I can make website elements really quick.
–I can make stuff for my blog and business instantly.
–I can show a developer exactly what I want on a webpage.
So if there’s a dumb hobby you have, stupid thing you wanna learn…. GO DO IT and don’t worry if it’s “useful”!
There’s always some useful application for it in the future!
P.S. I still remember this picture being the favorite thing I ever Photoshopped in high school!