Doesn’t starting all over again suck sometimes? In our early twenties, a lot of us are beginners. We don’t have 3-5 years of full-time professional experience, and we rarely have a lot of artistic experience yet.
As someone who was essentially job searching for over a year, and who has felt like they’ve restarted their creative endeavors (this blog) multiple times it’s frustrating to feel like such a beginner. But slowly I’m learning that being a beginner is an art, and once you embrace it and learn how to be a beginner it gets much better.
This quote was what made me rethink being a beginner:
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
So I want you to go back and reread this again. You have to keep creating in order to get better, you have to push through the doubts and the pain of it not quite being good enough.
How to be a beginner? Like this.
Expect Failure. And Embrace It
No one who succeeded big in life has ever done so without failing once or twice before hand. Go in with your all, but remember that sometimes not everything works out. When you fail, ask why? What could you have done differently, what did you do incorrectly? Embrace the fact that you failed, and then move on. If you need to stew in it for a little while, you should! Sometimes I need a glass (or bottle) of wine, some popcorn and a movie to deal with everything that just happened. Wallow, then put get up and start again.
Always be Learning
Even with a college degree, or a certification, or a lot of success at a young age you have to keep learning. Take an e-course, a class at a tech school, or an online course. Ask a co-worker to lunch and talk to them about their part of the business. Read the newspaper, and online sites. Go on Youtube and learn how to make your own desk, it doesn’t have to do with your day job or side-hustle. In fact it shouldn’t, because you should flex your different muscles every once in awhile.
Ask Lots of Questions
Are you confused? Not sure what’s happening? Looking for a little guidance? Ask.some. questions. If you don’t know which one to ask, Google it. Ask your friend, but don’t just wait for someone to give you the answer.
You want to work in public relations, or in social media? Are you looking to get into medicine or some other industry? You have to start somewhere! Start writing, researching, and meeting with people. Go exploring around where you live, take videos and photos of people you know. Once you start you’ll figure it out from there.
On the days that you fail or get discouraged, on the days that the last thing you’d want to do it to write a blog post, finish your short story or edit your work. Take care of yourself, but don’t choose television over your passion project. Keep going until you’re proud, until you’re not a beginner.
Do you know the best thing about being beginner, is that you have all of this time ahead of you to get better. You’re capable of amazing things, and I believe that you are amazing. You will get out of this beginner stage, and one day you’ll look back at all of the bad what ever you did realizing it was just a part of your journey.
What do you like or dislike about being a beginner?