It’s easy to forget how much you know about a skill or thing you love and do, until you talk to someone who isn’t in your industry and doesn’t do what you do.
Age tends to be a good example. Simple tasks on a computer like browsing the web or search for a file is an entire foreign language to my grandparents (my mom’s parents). They didn’t grow up around technology and never learned it, so the web is something they don’t know.
There are thing that we know, skills and passions we enjoy that others (who don’t) know nothing about.
Sometimes we feel as though we don’t know enough yet, or aren’t good enough at what we do yet, which leads us to being hard or negative on ourselves, or even passing on opportunities we want to say yes but don’t feel qualified… yet.
But in true, you know more than you think. The problem is we are so close to what we know, and experience it every day, that we don’t realize how different we are from what’s deemed ‘normal’. It’s normal for us, and normal for the circles we are in, but for everyone else they have no idea how to do the things you do. It’s not until we compare where we are to how far we’ve come, do we see the progress we’ve made.
There might be people better than us (where we are right now), but that doesn’t mean our work and efforts are hot garbage. Knowing that there are others better at typography, or product photography, or songwriting or whatever highlights that they are more levels to the game.
And if there are more levels, that means there’s room for us to progress and strive to get better at what we do.
Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and be better, and who you want to see succeed too. Remember the old phrase, a ‘rising tide raises all boats’.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #743