It sometimes seemed like my motto in life was: “I think therefore I am . . . done.” Meaning that thinking and understanding took precedence over, you know, doing. It was a case of “don’t just do something, sit there (and think about it).” Recently I have been making efforts to change that.
I was reading that ultimate geek resource, Life Hacker and saw an article entitled Get Past Your Childhood Doubts by Simply Starting.
The article included the following quote:
This feeling continues into adulthood. We want to design a website or build an application but if our own toolset doesn’t match up to the perceived skillset we never start. It doesn’t help that the internet gives us nearly limitless exposure to amazing work, talented individuals, and excellent execution. It’s easy to feel inadequate when you compare yourself to the very best, but even they weren’t born with those skills and they wouldn’t have them if they never started.
The quote resonated with me. Whenever I think of starting something, I present myself with a grand view of perfection. I compare that view to what I believe I can produce, and feel the aching pain of seeing such a large gap. For instance, I have dumped blog ideas because I know I will never achieve in real life the greatness I see in my head. I know that the scintillating prose I envisage will turn out to be stilted and mundane. Text that should bounce will fall flat. Ideas that sounded exciting in my head seem prosaic when put in prose. I was comparing perfection to something instead of comparing it to nothing.
That is one of the reasons I have decided to post more. It is not that I feel the posts will be particularly great, it is just that they will be done. I am never very satisfied with my posts, although looking back at some older ones they don’t seem to bad. I am hoping to discipline myself to just do it. I am trying to follow advice I have given others and not rate myself on the final product but rate myself on doing. That means that my rating for this post is 100 percent, because I did it. I hope over time that practice will make, if not perfect, at least quite good.
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I hardly need add that this outlook is applicable to game.
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