The attitude that you shouldn’t do something you’re not immediately talented at, is prevalent in our societies today. It might seem like common sense to not waste energy on something that you’re not good at. But this way of thinking does a lot more harm than people realize.
It might be easier said than done but moving past the initial anxiety and accepting that you’re not required to be good at everything can improve your life in many ways
1. You might discover a new talent.
Sometimes, it takes a bit of time to realize that you might actually be good at something. Most skills have a learning curve that can take time to learn. However, once you learn the basics, you might discover that it’s easier than you thought.
2. It might be fun.
Even if you’re not good at something, it can still be fun to do. Many people who aren’t good at singing or dancing still do it for fun. It’s important to be able to do things you enjoy without worrying about making money or earning approval.
3. It might look good on your resume.
Things like learning a foreign language or improving your typing skills might never come easily to you, but learning these skills can make you a valuable employee. For this reason, it might be worth persevering, as long as you can without driving yourself crazy.
4. You learn how to communicate better.
Many photographers learn basic graphic design along with their photography, and vice versa. Not only does this help them learn better editing strategies, but it also helps them communicate with each other. Even if they’re not going into graphic design or photography themselves, knowing how the programs and equipment actually work gives them a better understanding of the terminology as well as the programs’ limitations.
This can be applied to any field of study or occupation. Learning broadens your perception and spectrum.
5. You can cross items off your bucket list.
There are a lot of things to do in the world. If you have a bucket list or a desire to try as many things as you can that the world has to offer, then it doesn’t help being afraid of doing something incorrectly. If you plan on doing a wide variety of activities, you’ll inevitably fail at many of them.
Remember, the goal isn’t to become an expert. The goal is to experience life.
6. It might give you a new perspective.
By trying something different, you might see a problem from a new angle. If you have writer’s block, for example, making a painting might allow you to see the chapter you were stuck on through fresh eyes. Never underestimate the importance of a change in scenery.
7. It helps you get over your fear of failure.
In school, if you fail a test, it’s on your report card permanently and the only thing you can do is try not to fail again. This can lead to a defeatist attitude towards failure.
Fortunately, outside of school, the world can be a bit more forgiving towards failure. You’re not going to get a bad grade for that burnt cake, you just have to clean up and try again or get a cake at the store.
Note: Through this piece, the staff members at R&R want to encourage our readers to try healthy and/or principled activities that align with their interests. Stay safe and upright!