Today I want to share this excellent blog by the excellent folks over at Nerd Fitness – “Do something you suck at!”
My favourite quotes from the article:
When was the last time you did something you absolutely suck at, purely for enjoyment?
Today, I’m issuing a challenge. I want to see how much you can suck at something that you enjoy.
…We see people that are masters of a particular craft, and we only see that end result: level 50 mastery, perfection.
We tend to forget when they began that activity, they also sucked at it!
It was only because they enjoyed doing the activity so much, despite sucking at it, that they worked hard at getting “slightly less bad,” and then “not terrible,” followed by “just okay” before eventually it became “hey, pretty darn good.”
…I’m pretty sub-par at the guitar, not half bad at the piano, and a terrible singer.
However, over the past two months, I’ve leveled up in all three skills (from level 1 to level 1.5 or 2.0), because I was MORE THAN OKAY with sucking at each of them!
BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO PLAY MUSIC!
Nothing makes me happier than playing along with some of my favorite songs (or struggling for weeks to learn how to play those songs).
This guy has THE RIGHT IDEA!
I want to reach out to those of you who, like a student I saw today, might start learning a new vocal technique (or anything else) and think AUGH THAT SOUNDS HORRIBLE at first. Yes! That’s because you are new at it! Keep doing it more and it will get better. If you give up straight away because you don’t sound amazing right off the bat, you will never improve!
Be okay with sucking! EMBRACE THE SUCK! This is good advice for life in general, and very applicable to singing and music.
Read the Nerd Fitness article above, enjoy his video of him sucking at violin, and GO ENJOY SUCKING AT SOMETHING!