Helen Hayas said “The expert at anything was once a beginner”.
This quote makes sense. But how can you be an expert? You have to start somewhere. You start as an amateur and level one in the game. I started a facebook page as “Motivation quotes thru calligraphy” to share and help everyone to read on what I write quotes everyday. I like the idea of reminding someone that there’s a small candle in every dark tunnel you’re in.
Becoming an expert sounds hard. So I’ll give an example. Are you familiar with the anime named Naruto?
Naruto is a 12-year old ninja and former prankster who dreams to become a Hokage in his ninja village, so that people will notice him. Imagine a kid who lose his parents, being ignored by his fellow villagers and no one to talk to. He was told he was destined to fail. A troublemaker who doesn’t think of people of bringing him down. Naruto’s comfort is to eat ramen during night time. Naruto said “The road is not easy”. If you want something, you have to work hard. Every time he failed, he tries again and again. Every time he meets and fight people, Naruto shatters their perspective about being genius and failure. The story is full of roller coaster ride. Eventually, Naruto became a master of his own fate.
I learned a lot from Naruto. He never gives up in his dream. Even when people told him it’s pointless. He is consistent even when he fails and succeed in his ninja mission.
Do not be afraid of making mistakes. It’s part of the process. A process of what could not work. You have to try again and again. Taking action is better than over thinking.
The road is not easy and rough. You’ll face mixed emotion of being happy, sad, disappointed. You have to be uncomfortable for you to grow as a person. There was a time where I didn’t post quote for a day in facebook and instagram. It’s hard to make a habit to post everyday. Currently, I’m still learning on how to be consistent in posting a pic per day.
If you’re not sure of what you want to do next, you can try to do other activities. For example, writing, play sports, draw, paint, read books, talk to people. Think of the things that will help you grow. Never stop learning. Every day changes a lot.
In short, you have to start from the bottom to climb like the expert you want to achieve.