When you’re young, it’s easier to learn new skills. Part of the reason is that kids don’t have the same hesitancy about looking inexperienced that adults do. If you want to learn something new, let go of that pride.
Photo by Ludovic Bertron.
As business blog Entrepreneur explains, by the time you’re an adult, you’re expected to have a certain level of experience. That’s fine for the field you’ve already spent time learning, but it can make you hesitant to start at the bottom of a new field. No one wants to look foolish, after all, right? However, if you’re not willing to look like a greenhorn, you’ll always be one:
When Jared Easley, host of Starve the Doubts podcast, asked me if I planned to attend this year’s Podcast Movement conference I couldn’t say “no” fast enough… I wasn’t scared I wouldn’t be perfect. I knew I wouldn’t be perfect. I was scared about what it would mean to not be perfect.
That doesn’t mean you have to take on every challenge that you know you can’t do. However, getting used to being an expert in one field can keep you out of others, unless you’re willing to look inexperienced for a bit. Everyone starts at the bottom of every field they learn, and that’s nothing new. The bigger hurdle is not trying.