One of the joys of 2014 for me was to learn to sing – from very much a position of sucking at it. I still suck whenever I start learning a new song. What I realized is that we have to be prepared to suck at something before we can be good at it, or even learn it.
By “sucking” at something I mean, being very, very bad at it. I realize now I’ve been there many times.
There was a time when I had no idea what XML was; now if you search that term and my name you’ll find I have a contribution to be made.
There was a time when I sucked at metadata – like XML I had no idea why it was important.
The thing is, I’ve sucked at so many things and yet, putting through the sucky period, eventually we suck a little less, then barely at all, until we arrive at a point of knowing we don’t suck at that skill or knowledge any more.
Never be afraid to start off badly: it’s the only way to learn something new.