The Train to Awesometown goes thru Suckville
I found this crazy little audio clip from Merlin Mann at a conference where he was a speaker. Before today, never heard of him. And, although his language is a little over the top, I have to totally agree with him on the point that when creating ANYTHING for the first time, we have to be OK with sucking when we start something new. We have to embrace the mediocrity, rather than procrastinating, doing something last minute, or just ignoring the creation because we have “so many other things to do”.
How many times have you said to yourself, “Oh, if I only had XYZ, I could get this done” or “If I only did more XYZ, this could have been awesome.”? I run in to SO MANY people who say they want to write a book, but have all these excuses and more. DUDE: JUST DO IT! Just WRITE/PAINT/CREATE! Just by starting, we can get over all those annoying voices in our heads that tell us we can’t.
Listen to Merlin*…and dig in. Start. Embrace the tour of Suckville. Otherwise, you’ll never get to Awesometown!
*Caution: explicit language included in the audio clip
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