“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
Being a beginner is one of the most vulnerable, yet freeing, decisions you make in your life.
I’ve become a beginner many times recently.
About 3 months ago, I decided to take on the #The100DayProject challenge of hand lettering to teach myself the art of hand lettering and share my progress with my instagram family. Today is my 90th day. (Damn!)
Day 88: Rain ☔ Kathmandu City is enjoying a lot of rain lately. What’s happening in your city? I used to hate it when it rained in the past. I hated the muddy road and watery damps all over the places. But now, I’m starting to kind of like it; not the muddy road, but listening to the sound of the rain and the smell of the soil and cold breeze of wind it brings with it. I tried to express my feelings for rain through todays lettering piece. But if you really want to know, watch today’s video. It’s really awesome! (Link is in the bio) #The100DayProject #atuldrawsletters #handletterdabcs #togetherweletter #bestoflettering
Few weeks back, I decided to share what I have learned and what I am learning about this fascinating subject of design, branding, and hand lettering. So, I started my first personal blog and newsletter.
Yet again, about 10 days ago, I wanted to share my process of how I make my hand lettering artwork with you guys, so I started a YouTube channel and started uploading videos every single day.
And the fun part is, I’m really enjoying all of this. I love making custom hand lettering pieces and sharing my process in YouTube. I love posting pictures of my hand lettering artwork in Instagram and communicating with the awesome creative community there. And I feel amazing when I get an email from a reader telling me that my blog post helped, inspired, or taught them something new.
Benefits of being a beginner again
Getting past Resistance
Resistance kills more creatives than powerpoint ever could. The fear of your work not being as perfect as the other artist cripples you and stops you for doing anything. Being a beginner frees you from this trap of perfectionism. You are allowed to make shit. You are allowed to no be good. You are allowed to not be “perfect.” Plus, once you make a commitment of sharing your work to the whole world, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” excuse just vanishes. Resistance will still be there. It will always be there. But it’ll be a lot quieter.
Freedom to try new things
Once you have the beginner’s mindset, you are free to try everything. No rules bound you. You become like a kid who plays in the sand for the first time. You free yourself from the fear of criticism. “What might others think?” won’t bother you much now. You are a beginner, remember? And beginners are allowed to make mistakes.
Easy to seek feedback
When you have the “expert” hat on, you feel inferior when you ask for feedback. Your ego is hurt when you ask for feedback. But feedback and constructive criticism is one of the most important element to accelerate learning any skill. Once you become a beginner, there is no ego to be hurt. Everyone can be a potential teacher and anyone can be your mentor. This makes it a lot easier for you to approach people you look up to for feedback or quick critique, and it is a lot easier for other people to give feedback when they see that you are just starting out and willing to learn.
Authenticity and Trust
Being a beginner is scary. Trust me, I know. I am a freelance graphic designer and my personal brand is as important to me as Being vulnerable with people brings them closer to you. They like you more. They trust you more. And if they don’t seeing you learning new things and doing what you love, they don’t deserve to be in you life in the first place.
But most importantly, it is fun to be a beginner. There are no rules, no restrictions, no judgement. Just you, your passion, and the world to share it.
I want to encourage you all to be a beginner again. What do you want to learn? What do you want to do? What do you want to be?
Life is a game, and the world is your playground.
Now Go Play!
(Note: I really want to explore this realm of design, lettering, and branding together. I’m learning a lot, and so will you. Please join me in this journey of becoming a better designer in YouTube & Facebook.)