Why Excel? Why me?
First time I used Excel was at my first job as an Economist. Yep – no Excel at University at the time. I was really impressed and overwhelmed by all the options. There was no way, I was going to learn all of that. I concentrated on the basics and searched for what I needed.
I only expanded my knowledge later when I worked as a consultant. That was when I discovered the power and fun of VBA. I built Excel tools, created interactive reports and setup simple reports that were connected to large data sets. I thought I was an Excel expert.
Until I discovered the Excel forums.
I saw answers I never thought was possible to do in Excel. If I did, I would have googled it.
That was when I had my a-ha moment. There is so much more to Excel than meets the eye!
I bought Excel books. Many books. Here was the problem though: I’m a fast learner but an even faster forgetter. The only way the information was going to stick was if I used it at work. I came up with a new strategy:
Every time I learnt something, I thought how and where could I apply this?
When I had to do a new task, I thought – can this be done differently?
It wasn’t easy, especially when you’re under pressure. It’s a process. It takes time.
The more you know, the more you can contribute. Learn more. Expand your options.