It’s not fair to say you’re not good at something that you’ve never put your time into. Or better yet, saying you’re not good at something you never gave yourself an opportunity to get good at.
Sometimes I teach dance workshops. They’re super fun. And a lot of times, I’ll have some beginners walk up to me telling me how they’ve never done this before. I can tell by the sound of their voice they are super nervous. I’ve even pulled several of them up to be my teaching assistant. Only to see their faces turn white, almost begging me to choose somebody else. But here’s how I think of it. You came to class. So you’re giving yourself this opportunity. Now we just need some time and energy to get you where you want to be, and if not, at least one step closer. All the beginner students who are freaking out? By the end of class, they’re always the ones having the most fun, laughing, smiling, and DANCING. Their previous fearful self? Gone. It’s something that always brings me joy and it’s one of the reasons why I love sharing so much.
Maybe whatever you think you’re "not good" at isn’t something you should be saying to yourself. Instead, you should be saying, “I haven’t given myself the opportunity to get better yet”.
by Jason Lam