I just saw a quote from one of my favorite people and I had to share it with you.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well.” ~Zig Ziglar
How often do we not do something because we’re not confident that we’ll be able to do it well? This is a huge hurdle for me, because I always hold myself to such a high standard, that I almost always expect perfection out of myself.Often to the point that I never end up doing whatever it is, for that reason.
Zig is speaking to that perfectionist in all of us. We should never let our lack of self confidence and/or the fear of not being able to do something perfectly keep us from doing anything. I’m reminded of a young aspiring singer that took the stage in front of the one of the most brutal audiences in the country – “Showtime at The Apollo”. Not only was he NOT met with enthusiasm or a warm welcome – he was booed off the stage…more than once. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’d never show my face in the music business again after that. That young man…was Luther Vandross.
He wasn’t concerned about performing perfectly, he just wanted to perform. Of course he WANTED to do well, but he didn’t let the fear of not stand in his way. In his case, the rest, as they say, is history.
There are countless stories like his. It’s important to note that most people don’t quit right after they start, but rather when they’re closer to their goal than they realize.
I often go back to Nike’s slogan – “Just Do It” – just do SOMETHING. How many times, as a kid, did your parents tell you “try it, you might like it” (in my case it was typically centered around me trying a new vegetable for the first time)?
To quote Les Brown, one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting:
“Jump and grow your wings on the way down!”