How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice practice
Learning a new skill can be a daunting task. When I fist began to try to put my thoughts down on paper, I sucked at it. I would work really hard to write a post I thought was good only to have it torn to bits. There were days I wanted to give up. At times, teaching myself how to blog and how to use social networks seemed to be too big of a task for me.
Then I got the best piece of advice I ever got about writing. I was told to find my favorite blog post and type it out word for word.
How could doing something like this help?
Simple. It got me to see how a post comes together. I began to see how bloggers organize their thoughts. It was a lesson I did several times. Then it was simply a matter of practice. Blogging become a matter of learning to be consistent, it also helped sharpen my skills as a writer.
I read other blogs for inspiration. I continue to do this as often as possible. I began to leave comments that added to the conversation, not detract from it.
Why am I telling you this?
I have a friend who is a fantastic guitar player. Last night, I got to hear him playing some Hendrix and some Beatles. He did not start out this way, it took him hours of daily practice to get to where he is now. He is not only a gifted player, but also a talented songwriter. Getting good at something does not happen without practice no matter how much natural talent a person has.
He says all the time it is practice, practice, practice not noodle, noodle, noodle.
In the past few months, I have had several odd jobs. I have had to practice to become good at any of them. Most times when I try something new, I suck at it. The trick is to hang in there until it becomes easier. This is the spot where many folks give up.
Just because it is hard does not mean it is impossible.
What are you practicing?