Get Out of Your Element

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” — Michelangelo

Practicing a skill is investing in that skill. We all intuitively know that the longer we stick to something, the better we get. But practice is different from use.

“Using” is taking what you already know and performing a task. If I need to design a logo, then I’ll follow the specific process that I’ve learned that’s worked for me in the past. Think of it like a slice of what’s possible. There’s a lot outside of our knowledge—systems, principles, tools, ideas—but using is less about learning something new and following a familiar path.

Practice is the art of challenging ourselves. It’s pushing the boundaries of what we know and re-approaching the things we think we know.

Using a skill is great for day-to-day tasks and getting things done. But practice makes you better and keeps your skills sharp.

I’m arguing over semantics here, but it’s useful to think about in your own life. If you only stick to what you know, then you’ll quickly be outdated by how fast the world changes.

On the flip side, sometimes you can get so good at something that it becomes your thing. Old methods tend to stick around. Think of things like lithographs, vinyl, and film cameras.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1218

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