Reason #6: You Lack the Skills
“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.”
Someone can know academically how to remove an appendix, but you wouldn’t want someone to take a scalpel to you who had never been trained, no matter how many books they’d read and videos they’d watched. There can be a big gap between knowledge and skill, and that may be what is holding you back.
Once you’ve identified what you need to learn, the next step is to try it. Skill can only be developed in one manner: Through practice. You can’t create a top-notch video until you create a bunch of not-so-great ones. You can’t cook a gourmet meal until you create a bunch of so-so ones. You can’t give a standing ovation-worthy keynote speech until you give a few snoozy ones. You can read, study, learn, and learn some more but until you actually try and refine your skills, you’re not going to get better.
There are a couple of misconceptions that hold us back from putting our knowledge to work:
- We think we need to “know it all.” The problem with gaining knowledge in today’s online world is that there’s no end to what we can learn. There’s always another class, blog post, video, article, or guru that we can consume. Solution: Pull the plug. Remind yourself that you cannot have perfect knowledge, and that is okay.
- We think knowledge is better than practice. In fact, the opposite is often true. Practice, as the old saying goes, makes perfect. There’s no substitute for picking up the golf club and swinging it over and over again, but that practice could very well substitute for reading another book on hitting the perfect drive.
- We fear imperfection. We somehow think that “everyone else” is perfect and never falls down. This is so false; anyone who has mastered something, from making money to baking a cake, went through failure first.
Sometimes, the only solution is to get out there and try. Publish the first blog post. Send in the first article. Sing the first song. Refinement comes through practice, and there is no shortcut to mastery. You can read as many books as you want, but true skill will only come with trial and error.
The next time we’ll discuss: Reason #7: You Lack Stamina