Make rubbish stuff

My grandma taught me to knit when I was five.  I made a bright red scarf… made more of holes than of wool.

My mum taught me how to make pastry when I was seven.  It was the texture of burnt toast and tasted like play dough.

Most things you make are rubbish first (and second… and third) time round.

Kyle Cease has the right idea.  Wouldn’t you rather read his book, I hope I screw this up, than the alternative version “I hope I make this perfectly and everyone loves it first time“?  or “I hope I don’t have to work too hard to create something amazing.

Make rubbish stuff.

Write a rubbish draft CV.  Form a stupid opinion.  Play with a terrible idea.

Then commit to making it better than anyone could ever have imagined. The only way to get good at something is to be rubbish at it first.  Great work doesn’t come into the world fully and perfectly formed.  Just like you… You had to become the gorgeous person you are today.   But when you came into the world you looked like a potato.   Great work is the same.

If you want to get in the game, create rubbish then either throw it away and start again or work really, really hard to make it much much better.

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