Yes-you can teach an old dog new tricks!
P.S. I am not old or a dog for that matter but you know what I mean...
It's been a year of discovery-not only have I learned and improved upon my technical skills (which will help develop my graphic design business) but I have also learned a few things about myself along the way.
I have always had a competitive side-was an all-around athlete through out high school and college, and in the early years of my career-always raised my hand for the tough assignments or took on the extra work load in the hopes I would be recognized for my outstanding effort.
Over time, I lost that desire. I stopped trying to be better/best and was satisfied doing what was required but rarely anything more. It was a gradual shift, taking shape over many years. There was a definite change in my thinking/attitude. I suspect that I felt my effort outweighed the return-in other words, people (a.k.a The Boss) didn't notice and at the time, I was looking for some validation. It was important to me, so much so that without it, I stopped caring.
So what is the point...with returning to school, putting myself "out there" in a completely new field, I've discovered I do not need others to validate my efforts. It is enough that I know I am doing my best. I can enjoy learning new skills and challenge myself with every new assignment. I am feeling that same competitive spirit that had been long lost. I am "leaning in" to my second career and enjoying every minute of it