If you think you’re not good at something…


…have you even ever tried?

How often have you marveled at someone who could do something creative or spectacular like paint a picture or write a song or play an instrument or sew a dress or build a motor or _INSERT AMAZING THING HERE_?

I know I have, and still do, all the time.

How often have you also thought, “Wow, I could never do that” or “I’d never be good at that?” I know I’ve done that too.

But the fact of the matter is, many people say things like that but have never actually tried to do any of the amazing things they admire. I’ve done (or not done) that too.

Who do you know that comes home from work and starts writing music or paints a picture? Very few people actually do this and sadly, few have even ever tried.

This is a "painting" I made one day in Photoshop. I actually ended up liking it enough to have it printed and framed and it's hanging in my house, reminding me to try new things.

You don’t have to be Picasso to paint. You don’t have to be Vera Wang to design a dress. You don’t have to be Paul McCartney to write music. You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write a story. Anyone can do any of these things any time, you just have to be willing to try.

You could write a song right now. Go for it. Just make up a melody and sing some words. It can be ANYTHING. Kids do it all the time. Record it if you want to.

You could write a short story right now. Go for it. Make up a character and a setting and put on paper what that character is doing. It can be a few sentences, paragraphs, or even pages. You could even just say it out loud.

You could design a dress right now. Go for it. Draw a dress on a piece of paper. Color it in. Bingo. There’s your dress.

You could paint a picture right now. Go for it. Grab a piece of paper. Take out some paint if you have it, and if not, take out the ketchup and mustard from your fridge. Use your finger if you don’t have any brushes. Or if you are familiar with Photoshop or a similar program (this one’s online and free), open it up and “paint” something virtually. Sign your name on it when you’re done.

The best part is that none of the above has to be good, great, legible, or pretty. First tries rarely are great.

And who knows, maybe your first try will be great. If not, practice and try again. Practice will make you competent at virtually anything.

Then after you’ve tried a bunch of things, or the same thing over and over again, you will look back and be amazed with yourself like you were with other people.

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One Response to If you think you’re not good at something…

  1. Gord Wallen says:

    Great post Dan. I’ve been thinking of creating some art soon. I like the mustard and katchup idea. Next time I spill something on my shirt I will have it framed. LOL


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