I’m a DORK
I’m a dork. That’s how I feel when I see video footage of myself, like I did earlier this morning.
I’ve been teaching myself how to use a green screen in videos because I can see many applications in my work and I like learning new tricks and skills.
It’s fun for me. At least, until I watch the footage.
Then I just cringe.
Does this ever happen to you?
Have you ever heard a recording of your voice and thought…
“Is that what I really sound like?”
Recording videos is even worse, because I can hear and see myself. I’m just not as good or polished as I’d like to be.
I can’t help to laugh at myself because I really am a dork.
Maybe that’s how I keep myself from getting discouraged and giving up. I accept my dorkiness.
Sure, my ego gets bruised. Hence the cringing.
But I have a saying that I tell my daughters when I hear them say “I can’t” or “I’m not good at this.”
Me: “How do we get good at something?”
Daughters: [Insert eye roll and audible grunt] or “Dad…this is different.”
Me: “Come on, how do we get good at something?”
Daughters: “By practicing.” [Insert 2nd eye roll]
Me: “Correct, and how do we become great at something?”
Daughters: “By practicing more than others.”
Sometimes this helps them refocus. Sometimes not, but regardless it is a lesson I hope we both can remember.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, is famous for his 10,000-hour principle. He contends that all that is needed to become world-class in any field is 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice.”
That’s a lot of practice.
And it’s a good reminder for when we feel like a dork, or frustrated with our progress.
We can only improve if we practice.
It’s ok to suck.
We’re just getting started.
What are you going to practice today?