The Importance of Doing Things You’re Bad At

1. It’s Good to Remember You Can’t Have it All

We’re all drowning in a sea of digital perfectionism. How can there be so many people in this world who run multi-million-dollar companies, have investments in numerous properties, have several college degrees from elite academic institutions whilst also being super fit and healthy, good-looking, super lovely and grounded with a lovely, happy family? Oh, and they’ve written and published several books, run a successful podcast series and seem to always go to the most interesting places without ever ageing!

2. You Can Only Learn What You Don’t Know

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times: failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of it. Now, before you start arguing that being bad at something consistently for a long time isn’t “being successful” then I challenge you to define success.

3. It Teaches You to Stop Giving a F**k

I spent far too much of my life giving too many f**ks. F**ks drain you of energy, esteem and confidence. They drag you through pits of anxiety, hopelessness and despair to the point that many of us are so ashamed of who we are we feel embarrassed for even existing.

4. What Comfort Zone?

This is a little hard for me to write about because, well, I’ve never felt comfortable in a comfort zone (perhaps that’s more to do with a dodgy upbringing after which I convolutedly associated chaos and negativity with love and affection but…that’s a story for another day). But I’ve seen a lot of people in my life just happy being comfortable and living in that comfort. They sink into it like a big bean bag and nestle themselves down for a lifetime: have the same job (even if they’re unhappy in it), go to the same restaurants, see the same people, visit the same places, do the same things.

Push yourself.

Start seeing what your body can do, where your mind can take you, how the world can change you, how perspectives can transform you.
Do you really know your limits from the security of your comfort zone?
Can you ever gauge your potential when you set your own limits years ago?

Writer | Author | Creator of The Personal Philosophy Project on YouTube

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