You’re Going to Suck

Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this.

Your work is going to suck in the beginning.

And it’s going to hurt, because you’ll know deep down that you’re capable of doing much better.

This is the main thing that stands between you and your potential.

Failure isn’t fun, but it’s an absolute requirement to growth. In order to grow and become what we’re capable of, we have to fail over and over until we learn and become skillful.

You have to look at making mistakes not as something to be ashamed of, but as a growth opportunity. The sooner you get over the fear of making mistakes, the faster you can grow.

So put aside the ego and start making mistakes.

Invite feedback, and don’t take it personally. Look at your work as an outsider. Use the feedback to make it better, day by day, until it’s as good as you knew you were capable of.

The next time you see someone doing something poorly, try not to feel a sense of superiority. Maybe that person has come to terms with the need to fail in order to grow. Instead, try congratulating her on trying, and on not being afraid.

What’s something you’ve been too afraid of failure to try lately?

I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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