It's ok to do things you suck at

indubitablyzara:

realsocialskills:

If you give yourself permission to suck at things, you open up the possibility of learning new skills and becoming good at stuff you’re not naturally good at.

The only way to get good at most things is to start out doing them badly and gradually learn the skills needed to do them well.

You don’t have to know what you’re doing (beyond basic stuff like safety). You don’t have to be talented. You don’t have to be aesthetically pleasing. You can do things and flat out suck at them over and over and have that end up being a good thing.

If you try something new, and find that you suck at it at first, that doesn’t always mean you’re doing something wrong. Usually, it means that you’re doing something *hard*.

Being willing to do hard things is good. Being willing to suck at things until you get enough practice to do them well is how you get to be good at stuff.

You don’t have to know what you’re doing (beyond basic stuff like safety). You don’t have to be talented. You don’t have to be aesthetically pleasing. 

tl;dr It’s ok to do stuff you suck at. Sucking at something is often a necessary step in learning to do it well.




indubitablyzara: said:

But also, if you never get “good” at it and enjoy doing it, keep doing it.

realsocialskills said:

Yes, that too. It’s ok, and good, to do things just because you like them. Happiness is worthwhile.