Sucking at a Skill is Temporary

When it comes to skill, sucking is temporary.
Especially with creative work.

Beginners usually suck.
… at least compared to masters.

When we are growing up, sucking at something doesn’t even register in our little kid brains. We draw, we play, we pretend, we try — like there are no barriers in the world that can stop us (except bedtime). I look back on my middle school drawings and cringe at the thought that I used to think that was ‘good’. But at the time, it didn’t matter. I loved drawing, so I drew.

Sucking at drawing when you are first getting started is natural. It’s part of the process. As you learn and continue doing it, you will move towards being good.

Problems tend to arise when someone else tells you that you suck.
Someone told you that your drawing of a lizard looked like a lamp instead, so you stopped. Or someone told you that you werent a fast enough runner, so you stopped running. (Insert your own mild trauma here.) And worse, we internalize ’not being enough’ and start criticizing our own work internally. Instead of ‘You’re not good…’, it’s ‘I’m not good …”

This mindset stops us from pursuing things we love.

The best place to get past this is to not give a da🙈n id you suck or not.

Sucking is temporary. Anyone that tells you that you suck without asking them should be ignored. They wish they good suck at vlogging as good as you. What matters is that you are going for it. Just because your work is in its early stages or needs refinement doesn’t mean you should stop. In fact, if you love it, double down. Do more. Don’t let the idea of sucking distract you from improving and mastering a skill.

Sucking at a skill is like the “weed-out class” equivalent to learning. If you drop out before you start getting good, it wasn’t something you actually wanted or loved.

The ones that get good are the ones that keep going.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #531


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