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The art of being a noob
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Being Bad At Things
Nobody likes to be bad at a new job, skill or hobby.
To avoid this feeling, many of us don’t even try.
This lack of trying pigeon holes our jobs, skills, and hobbies to what we’ve always known.
Every time we try to step out of the things we are good at, we are reminded that it sucks to be bad at something. :( Thus, we revert back to the things we are good at and stay enclosed in a circle of comfort.
This ultimately leads to a very finite life that lacks novelty.
But what if being bad at something wasn’t bad?
What if it was an opportunity to learn and grow?
The Learning Curve
Typically around the new year, many of us set goals to learn something new.
Many of us will stick with it the first few months, but then lose the drive. This typically happens after one gets past the honeymoon phase of thinking we have learned something new and we hit the trough of discouraging reality…
At this phase, most people quit. Which is why it is so hard for people to actually learn something new.
I think this happens because our ego has a false sense of confidence that we will become good at something before we know it. This desire for immediate success, misses the purpose of learning something new.
What if we celebrated the feeling of being bad at something?
This feeling of being bad, shouldn’t be something that we fight — but rather, something we embrace.
Becoming a Beginner
Living your life as if you’re always a beginner sounds counterintuitive.
We work hard to be experts and come off as having our shit together.
Our society encourages being an expert, but doesn’t encourage the student.
But in today’s world, we are all students.
The world is rapidly evolving, there are new technologies, jobs and ideas we must be open to learning.
As we lean into new things as well as old, from a beginners perspective, the world opens up to us.
Don’t be ashamed of being bad. Be proud to be trying something new.