You are afraid.
Afraid that you’ll look stupid.
Afraid of what other people might think.
Afraid that you’ll lose the safety net of certainty and are about to jump into the abyss of the unknown.
And it’s stopping you from trying out new things.
People think that you are smart and talented, so everything that you do SHOULD reflect that, shouldn’t it?
Everyone starts at level zero
You see, no one starts at level 10. Everyone begins at level zero.
Yeeeees, some people are born with bonuses and upgrades (read: talent and a better environment), which help them move a bit faster than you.
But bonuses and upgrades will only take you so far.
You still have to put in the work.
Sucking is natural.
Everyone sucks in the beginning.
Look at all the people you admire and look up to. I guarantee that they all sucked shit in the beginning.
Woody Allen’s first movie was crap.
Bruce Lee’s first punch broke his arm.
Warren Buffet was a paperboy in the beginning.
Nikki Minaj waited tables at a restaurant.
Lebron missed all of his shots.
I drew letters like a 5 years old kid.
But here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter how much suck in the beginning. What matters is that you keep on trying.
Sucking is the first step to being great at anything.
It’s OK to suck in the beginning
Your first 100 lettering will mostly be crappy.
Your first 100 articles will probably suck too.
Your first 100 designs will make eyes bleed.
And that’s O.K!
No one can pick up a pen and write like J.K. Rowling overnight, not even J.K. Rowling herself.
The most important part is to have grit and to persevere through the pain, the resistance, and the fears that will try every trick under their sleeves to make you quit.
But you won’t.
Even when you fall, you’ll move forward.
Even when no one notices your work, you’ll move forward.
Even when your mind says that you suck, you’ll move forward.
And then you suck some more.
Until you don’t.
And then you’ll have arrived.