Have you ever had a skill you’re learning that you eagerly desire to put into practice, but you haven’t because you’re waiting until you get just a little bit better?
Yeah, me too!
I’ve been learning to play the electric bass for the past year, and I’m at a point where I’d be at least serviceable playing with a band. However, I keep thinking that I’ll be better prepared when I learn just a little more. The problem is this will always be the case! I’ll always be better prepared if I learn a little more. If I follow that logic, I’d be constantly consumed with getting a little better and never take the next step and experience the joy of playing with other musicians.
I think our desire to keep learning more before we take the next step likely comes from a fear of failure. Perhaps that a topic for another blog.
Yes, we’ll always need to learn more in whatever we choose to pursue, but why not learn while we’re taking that next step? We don’t need to be perfect before we put our skills to use. We can start with the skills we have and learn from the experience and mistakes we are certain to make.
Is there something you’re competent enough to begin doing with others that you’ve been putting off until you learn just a little more? I encourage you to jump in, knowing that you’re going to be less than perfect and make mistakes. But also know that the experience, as well as the mistakes, will help you learn far more than you would if you held back.