Issue #73 Yeah, I thought I knew how
What does it mean to be a beginner?
We often think that being good at one thing means we are good at everything else.
But, as I learned this weekend, that belief can often be what holds us back.
More on that in a second.
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From experienced to beginner
As anybody who knows me knows, I (Jeff) skis.
I’ve been skiing since I was 4, so skiing is right up there with walking in terms of what I know how to do. I can do both confidently and while chewing gum.
In good snow years, this is my happy place:
And so I thought, sure I can snowboard, how hard can it be?
My daughter wanted to learn snowboarding. I’d never been and I thought it would be a piece of cake. But I went on a beginner slope… just to make sure.
Off the lift, I gathered speed down the hill, caught an edge, and flew through the air, landing flat on my face. Then I stood up and did it again.
It took me an hour descend a hill that would have been 30 seconds on skis.
Worse, I kept thinking I should know what I was doing. So I kept standing up falling down: backward, forwards, sidewise, on piste, in the trees, you name it.
I had to call it quits before the lifts closed because my body couldn’t take it anymore.
What snowboarding has to do with business
We like to think being good at one thing (technology) means that we are good at something else (starting a business).
But, in fact, they are two different skills.
And the danger is in believing that you should be good at it. If you believe you should be good at business, you run the risk of standing up and throwing yourself into the same mistake over and over.
This is what leads to the endless hustle cycle and relentless rollercoaster of good months and bad months.
If you find yourself in the entrepreneurial spin cycle, you aren’t alone. We’ve all been there, and the only way to break free is to get help. So reach out, get templates, tools, and training, and break out of trying to do it all yourself.
Do it before you can’t take it anymore and have to call it quits!
Join us to continue the discussion with Damien Stevens on Thursday at 2; register here.
Remember, You Are Loved.
Jeff (and Carla)
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