One of the things common to all creatives, even the most successful ones, is that we all have doubts. Doubts in about our abilities, that we can’t stand up to the job people expect of us. And those doubts can often turn into an inner monologue something of the lines of “You suck. You should just quit and get a real job”. But getting over it is easy. You just have to let yourself suck, as this video from Peter McKinnon and the amazingly talented Stefan Kunz illustrates.
When we’re just starting out with something new, we often really do suck. But that’s ok, nobody’s expected to be able to know and do everything from day one. Just keep creating, keep sucking, and keep going until you no longer suck. But even when we’re more experienced, we still sometimes feel this way, though. It happens to all of us, and it can happen on almost every project we do.
If we’re not pushing ourselves, we feel like others are tearing ahead of us. If we do push ourselves and try something new, we screw up and make mistakes, so think we suck. But those mistakes are how we learn, how we improve, and become better than we were.
So, give yourself room to suck. Let yourself make mistakes. It’s totally ok.