I recently started recording interviews for my podcast, and I don’t know what I’m doing yet.
Time will tell how good the episodes are, and I know that they will become better over time.
I will learn to become a better interviewer and editor. Truth be told, I am happy with how the interviews went.
I am learning how to edit a podcast on the fly. I am learning how to improve the sound quality on the fly. I am asking questions in podcasting groups on Facebook, and I am reading articles on websites.
We sometimes feel that we have to know everything before we get started. We feel that our first attempt at whatever it is that we are doing should be great. Not so.
It would be nice if it was great, but if I were to wait until I knew as much as I needed to know about podcasting to make episode 1 perfect, I would never get started.
Sometimes people compliment me on my writing and say that they wish they could write. Let me tell you right now that you CAN write. But it won’t be any good, they say. How do you know if you don’t do it?
We improve by doing. We don’t improve by wishing. Your first story, poem, or blog post might well suck. The next one will be better. My podcast episodes will be better 6 months from now. That’s how practice works. Practice does not make perfect, but it makes for improvement.
Michael Jordan wasn’t the best basketball player in history the first time he played. Yes, he obviously had natural ability, but he worked on his craft day after day to become the best. It didn’t happen by accident. It didn’t happen with a wish.
If you are holding off on writing a book, learning to play guitar, origami, writing a song, or anything else because you are afraid that your first attempt might be terrible, then embrace the suck. Think about how great it will feel when the next attempt is slightly better. Think about how immensely satisfying it will be when you reach the level of good.
What holds us back most often is not lack of desire or lack of ability. It’s fear that holds us back more than any other factor. Don’t allow fear to hold you back.
We might now know what we’re doing at first.
We’ll get there.