Your first everything will probably be terrible (and that’s okay)
What was your first tweet like?
What is your first blog post like?
If you did video before, how did your first video like? Were you uncomfortable and look stiff in front of the camera?
If you’re a photographer, how did your first photo look like? I recalled the first photo I took with my DSLR, I deleted it right away. It was that BAD. You would think I took it with a phone with low coloured resolution.
What about the first time you rode a bike? You probably fell numerous time. Did that stop you? No. First time I sat on a bike. I was so afraid, my palms were sweating so much and due to me holding on to the bike so tight, but when I was able to paddle two full circles I felt I was the king of the little road …….. of my house.
My first blog post had so many grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, it was as if a first grader wrote it. Many of my friends noticed and pointed it out for me to quickly correct it. Heck, I remembered people telling me I shouldn’t be writing. Harsh huh?
Chances are, if you did anything for the first time, it’s going to be bad and you know what? It’s okay!
What I want to say is, we all need to start at the very beginning.
Here is a beautiful quote I found and it resonates with me a lot.
Most professionals you know today started at the beginning. Many of them were so terrible when they first started.
However, they didn’t give up…they continued to persevere and today they are making an impact because they continued to sharpen their skill and improve.
Don’t believe me? Go take a look and some of the most popular video bloggers on youtube, look at their first video. Chances are, you’re going to laugh because they look so amateur compared to their videos now.
Even most of them laugh at themselves for putting those videos out. What makes them so great in what they do today is they practice and they improved themselves.
A few weeks ago I sent an email to John Lee Dumas to talk about his latest course Podcaster Paradise. I wanted to know whether anyone could be a great podcaster . He told me to check his first 50 videos on his site and wow, wow… he too has come a long way. Today he has interviewed over 456 people on his podcast at Entrepreneurs on Fire.
Most of us are afraid if we put ourself out where people will judge and criticize our work, you know what? Chances are some of them will, and it’s fine…. remembered our quote earlier?
I realised after using social media for a while that people will still judge even if you don’t do anything. I learned that, those who judged shouldn’t be your friend IF they can’t give you constructive criticism to improve your work. .. that’s how i feel.
Over the years, I’ve learned to tune out as well as remove friends who I’ve felt were life drainers that were too negative.
I recalled a Facebook friend who continuously criticise, giving negative feedback whenever I posted something on my profile, when I couldn’t take it anymore, i approached him about it, he told me that that is the way the world works and that if I couldn’t take it, I shouldn’t be alive.
Safe to say, I blocked him and he is forgotten. Don’t even remember his name today.
What I want to say is, if you want to do something, do it. If you’ve always wanted to write a blog, WRITE it.
Don’t worry too much about your blog looks like. Stop waiting for something to be “perfect”. Stop stalling yourself. Go create your ART.
Don’t worry if it looks bad or your writing isn’t perfect enough. Hustle, practice, hustle, practice and then hustle and practice even more to improve it and sharpen your skills.
Photo credit: by willholmes