“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
When I first started making music I had no idea that I’d be producing, singing, editing and directing my own videos etc. At first I thought production was impossible, I saw a couple friends doing it and it looked like magic. But magic only looks amazing when you don’t know how it’s done.
Once I devoted many hours to learning and practicing I learned how to make a beat that didn’t completely sound like trash, a few hundred more hours and I actually became quite good (well I think so anyway).
This proves true for any skill I have and any skill you may want to have. You don’t need to be born with an amazing talent to do something, you just need to be willing to put in the time and slowly, sometimes painfully, become better at it.
Whatever you want to do, stop waiting for the perfect time to do it – that day will never come. You gotta go out there and start doing it. Make no mistake though, you will probably be quite crap at the beginning, so you’ve got to really be dedicated and willing to put the time in. It’s best to start right now, be crap for a little bit and then be good in a few weeks/months, than starting in a few months/years, being crap then and pushing your goals even further into the future.
It takes about 10,000 hours to master something, start that process today.
- Spent a shitload of time editing my Lighthouse video
- Did an interview
- Read the rest of The Art of Social Media by Guy Kowazaki
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