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5 Questions: Instruments, Skill Overload, and Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 253)

We’re back again with another 5 questions episode!

In this week’s delightful medley, you’ll find such tasty ingredients as:

  • How can I start learning an instrument after childhood?
  • How can I deal with the fear of missing out (FOMO) when taking a break from something like video games or YouTube?
  • How do I know when to stop learning one skill and move on to another?
  • How can I become close friends with people who don’t share my interests?
  • How can I deal with imposter syndrome at a new job?

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  • 0:08:14 – Learning an instrument
  • 0:19:47 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:21:06 – Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices)
  • 0:23:16 – The fear of missing out
  • 0:29:56 – Learning, and retaining, new skills effectively
  • 0:35:23 – Forging closer friendships
  • 0:40:34 – Feeling unqualified at your workplace
  • 0:46:45 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Instruments, Skill Overload, and Imposter Syndrome