The other day while reading Seth Godin’s blog I wondered “What was his first blog post?” It turned out to be a short riff on being bored while shopping and how retailers should read a great book by Paco Underhill. Hardly the caliber of his recent blog posts. The same is true with Gary Vaynerchuk’s first Wine Library TV video blog. The improvement across years of consistent blogging is clear. But I should have expected this.
Because no one starts great.
It isn’t fun doing things you aren’t good at. Playing piano isn’t fun for me. Learning Spanish isn’t fun. Yet, those are both things I’d like to be good at, yet haven’t pushed through temporarily being horrible.
If you want to be great at something to the point where you extract joy from it, you have to start. And starting means being comfortable with temporarily being horrible. But without pushing through this dip, you’ll be forever stuck telling people “I wish I could do that.”
If you want to do something, you need to actually commit to it and actually do it. This isn’t a great first blog post, but it’s the start of something great.