The art of the autodidact

Illustration : Gérard Rouzier playing Marcel Jousse in the movie I made in 2011

Question on Quora : Can I learn on my own

My answer :

I have no idea for you.

I can bring my testimony.

I don’t succeed because I’m intelligent !

I am intelligent because I decide to succeed, I work hard and become intelligent !

All over my life I have learned on my own how to play music instruments : blues harp, flutes, saxophones, guitar for singing accompaniment, double reed, drums, djembe’s, tongue drum, etc.

I have learned how to write music pieces.

I stayed an amateur because music is a pleasure for me and shouldn’t be a constraint.

At the age of 31 I decided to become a computer engineer, I became a trainer for engineers in Hewlett Packard, etc.

At the age of 41 I decided to switch to applied human sciences. I have been a trainer for hospital professionals for ten years.

At the age of 51 I decided to do research for a PhD.

I sat in front of my computer at home for 6 years and wrote two masters dissertations and a PhD dissertation.

I am 59 when I decide to make movies. 4 years later I make movies.

I am 64 when I decide to learn how to build my house.

I build my house.


Enjoy !

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