Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How Being Willing to be Rotten at Something Leads to Greatness

Are you any good at that?

Growing up, that's all we pretty much heard...or if we didn't hear it, that question was, without any doubt, implied.

None of us enjoy looking foolish, no matter how well-adjusted we are about "not caring what others think of us."  All of us wants to look good.

The problem is that, while not all of us start from the same spot, almost nobody starts from a point of unconditional greatness.  Even if we do, someone out there has worked hard enough to be better than us.

Essentially, if we want to grow, we need to be willing to start at some point lower than our final destination.  What this means is that we need to spend some time eating humble pie...being sub-par at something...maybe even being LOUSY at it...before we can become great at that same thing.

When you were first born, were you great at walking?

Heck no!  You probably couldn't even hold your own food...much less walk with the grace of Fred Astaire.

Eventually, you (probably) got the point you can walk really well...maybe even with greatness, but you HAD TO START SOMEWHERE FIRST.

The problem is...that most people are not willing to start, because they're "not any good at it."

They're not willing to go through a period where they're LOUSY...before they work to develop themselves to become GREAT!

What is something you're afraid to be lousy at doing?

(For years, it was speaking for me...How about you?)

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