Brought Brenda to the Bujinkan Taijutsu martial arts class I go to. Afterwards Brenda kept joking about how ridiculous she felt as she couldn’t get anything everything right.
It reminded me of this principle I first heard from NLP Comprehensive:
Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly … at first.
As an animation student, one book I read was Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist by Chuck Jones, director of the old ‘Looney Tunes’ cartoons. A story from that book made a deep impression on me, and even though I don’t remember it exactly, I want to share the gist of it with you.
When he was starting out, Chuck was told by a senior animator that everyone has about 10,000 (I don’t remember the exact number) lousy drawings in them that they need to get rid of, before they can really start drawing.
Chuck used that ‘10,000 lousy drawings’ line to spur himself onwards, sometimes drawing and re-drawing his work again and again just so he could get that one perfect drawing.
Whenever you do something new, you will most likely suck at it, or even fall flat on your face. Be prepared for it, it’s natural. Finding something difficult can be a sign that you’re learning something new, if it’s too easy it’s probably something you already know.
Are you ok with that? Are you ok with not doing so well at something first? Maybe even looking bad at it? If you are, remember that anything worth doing is worth doing badly … at first. And when there is learning, there is no failure.