It's difficult to do, and feels very counter intuitive, but if I hadn't have taken the courses I took part in, and read those extra articles and blogs, then my skills would be less effective in the real world. Imagine a tree that is growing up. It has one stem and the top of it has a bunch of leaves growing in a few directions. The tree has total freedom, but it's spindly and weak. A squirrel could come along any day and nibble a piece off and do some damage. It has to grow, and as it shoots up a couple of new branches, the freedom is severely reduced.
The tree made a choice, it detected where the most light was coming from, calculated the most efficient position to establish growth, and then began to grow. This was a mechanical decision based on complex bio-chemical processes, but as soon as the choice was made, it sacrificed much of its freedom in return for better establishment and better protection from the forces of nature. For a while, the tree has to deal with the consequences of only having one or two areas of growth. This could be like education, we limit what we can do by learning what the best thing to do is. Once we master our given skills, we can then begin to use them in novel ways.
The tree, once grown into two or three branches, has achieved greater height and thickness. Now it's not so fragile, and at the top of these new shoots, a fresh freedom is given but this time even higher and more spaced out. The tree has achieved greater freedom over time by initially sacrificing it in order to grow. This is exactly what happens with us, when we re-learn or learn for the first time, ways of doing what we need to do in order to succeed.
If you're interested, I currently study with Shaw Academy and Udemy. They're both different styles of teaching, which I enjoy. I've been with them both for a year now, and plan to continue learning from them for the foreseeable future. KEY=Keep Educating Yourself.