“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
I would like you to do something for me today.
Really. Fail at something. Fail hard. Really blow the shot. Fall on your ass.
Then get up and do it again. But better.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to be awesome at something. Not good. Not the best. Just awesome. Because that, oddly, takes the edge off it for me.
There’s no competition in awesome. It’s like being pregnant. Or dead. It’s a binary that has no comparison. You’re not more or less awesome than somebody else. You’re either awesome or you’re not.
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
And awesome kicks that idea of “perfect” in the teeth. Perfect is horseshit. It doesn’t exist. Perfect’s a subjective standard no matter what you’re talking about.
A perfect sentence? A perfect painting? A perfect brushstroke? A perfect handjob? What does that even mean?
But here’s the thing about getting to awesome. Nobody’s awesome out of the gate. Some folks have awesome coded into their genes, sure, but they still have to work to get it out.
That means you have to try – and fail – a lot. And not just try little shit, either. I’m not talking about tying your fucking shoes. I’m talking about discovering new planets, breaking out of your molds, figuring out who and what you are. You know, big things.
And the sooner you get to failing, the sooner you get to awesome.
I know some people are doing the NANOWRIMO Summer Camp. I’m all for anything that gives people a push to accomplish something they’ve never done before.
You know, like cattle prods.
And I know that some of those people are a little nervous about finishing, or having a good book, or a coherent story, or something that doesn’t read like an autistic monkey threw their feces all over it.
If you’re one of those, stop worrying. Just do it. It will probably suck. That’s okay. The next one won’t suck as much. And the one after that will suck even less. And then the next and the next and the next.
Eventually you’ll look at what you’ve done and say, “That’s awesome,” because it will be.
But it’s not going to happen unless you do it a lot and fail a lot.
So go out there and fuck up, people. Awesome demands it.
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