Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What I’m thinking about today: Experience

Experience is something you gain right after you need it.  
I love that sentence.  It’s a simple idea but has a pretty profound effect.  How can you or anybody else for that matter go into a new situation and know what to do with any sort of certainty?  The answer is you can’t.  At some point you’re faking it.  This goes back to a lot of things we’ve talked about.  You need to be ok with failing, you’re going to gain experience.  Once you do gain experience you’re going to have the opportunity to get better at that task and eventually master it.  On the path toward all those wonderful things, you need to be ok with being shitty at something… So, blah, blah, blah, words, words, words…All these things, we've talked about.  There’s all sorts of rah rah stuff that we can say to ourselves to feel better about what we stink at, what we just failed at, or to motivate ourselves for whatever lies ahead of us.  We get all that.  How can we use the sentence at the top of the article to help us today?  That’s what I’ve been thinking about, and that’s what spurred this discussion on.  I think the answer is that it grounds me.  Keeping that sentence in mind either gives me patience in explaining new topics to people, or sets my expectations when learning something new for myself.  It helps me go into most situations with a healthy viewpoint.  All this isn’t to say that I’m perfect at this, or that it’s something that I do all the time, but it is something that when I do get frustrated, or when I’m trying to get my arms around something that I go back to.   I guess the main thought from all this is to not be too hard on yourself because you don’t know something.  Chances are you haven’t had the necessity in life to know that thing up until now. No situation is too big for you, going into the situation with humility, common sense, and confidence will take you a long way. 

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