Prepare to Look Foolish

Most martial arts studios tout that “increased self-confidence” is one of the benefits of learning from them. But properly learning a martial art is one of the most humbling things you can undertake. It takes a while to get to any sort of “confidence.” Beware places that just want to stroke your ego and make you look good in your own mind.

This can be extrapolated to most endeavors and skills. Learning something properly, as a true beginner, requires that you be prepared to look completely foolish.

But Knowing is Hard Work

I came across this quote by Caterina Fake:

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”

I agree. But figuring out the right thing to work on isĀ hard work. It requires intentional focus. That’s why a lot of people don’t work on the right things, and revert to simpler tasks that are easier to measure, like clearing out their inbox. Or posting on social media.