As a nerd, learning what I can about just about anything is just an inherent part of who and what I am. Continuous self-upgrading through daily learning is so important to me that I made it one of the foundational principles of the get-badass-slowly approach I am using in my Awesomeness Upgrade Project. I was delighted this morning to read a great article by Paul Jun over on 99u titled Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career. The points that Jun makes are right in line with the process that I have gone through with the AUP.
As a longtime fan of JRPGs, a genre of computer game that allows upgrading the skills and attributes of characters while progressing through a story line, I have long been interested in the idea of having a system for upgrading myself. Many of those games feature charted maps or progressive paths of of skills and other upgrades that build one upon the other, so that some things cannot be learned or achieved until others have been mastered. I have wished to have such a chart, and the mechanisms for upgrading myself. Put a little bit of extra effort into building up experience points, and I could upgrade my Hit Points, or maybe my Dexterity. I might even be able to increase my MP.
The Awesomeness Upgrade Project (AUP for short, but it isn’t nearly as fun to say) is my attempt at taking control of who I become and mapping out a course of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial upgrades, and take the steps needed to level up.
Awesomeness Upgrade Project