Do you have the courage to suck at new things?

As summer moves along and we begin the second half of 2022, we are finding ourselves surprisingly busy. Usually summer is a time of high temperatures and low motivation. And although this is true for our full-time jobs currently (projects are hitting a rough patch), it couldn’t be further from it for our personal hustles.

Georgi is really upping his game on the video front (have you enjoyed the recent video update accompanying the podcast on Spotify or our Copenhagen vlogs?). I’m also exploring new things and rediscovering my hosting roots, launching a YouTube and Spotify channel dedicated to brand strategy and building your business.

But starting new things can be intimidating, right? When you leave your comfort zone and begin exploring new territory, it comes with all kinds of doubts, fears and a big chunk of your time.

As creative professionals, we often stay in our lane of skill, or at least the lane next to it. We’ve spent years and years learning skills and perfecting our craft. It’s tough to begin something from scratch, to feel like a student again, creating something far from perfect or even nice to look at in the beginning.

They say practice makes perfect. We all know this to be true. But what they forget to mention is that practice takes courage at the beginning, too. Courage to suck at it for a while.

There are two ways that can go from there. Option A is giving up, too ashamed to be associated with something that does not live up to our expert reputation. Option B is sucking it up and choosing to learn and grow.

After all, who wants to be a close-minded expert when you can be an open-minded explorer? The second is definitely better, in my opinion, and probably yours too if you’re reading this right now.

Learning new skills and pushing yourself into unknown directions is vital for creative survival. We are at a shifting point in the creative economy with Web3 and the Metaverse mixing things up. Better to get comfortable with new things sooner than later.

Stay hydrated.