I took an HTML class a LONG time ago. And my drawing skills begin and end at drawing a stick figure. I am certainly no designer. But now I need to create a website for a friend – and am thinking of creating one for myself. So I’m knee deep in web site templates – not liking anything I see. And the only one I do sort of like needs a WordPress structure around it which means I need to create a test site. Oh, and I don’t know how to do that at all.
I tell everyone that I can come up to speed with any new technology. And I can. It’s just that I’m doing this on my own and I’m looking at the wall in front of me and… and… and I started looking at a quote I found today:
“Talent is God-given, but being great is far more than talent, it’s about using your skill. The ONLY way you develop your skill is to keep beating on your craft. Keep doing and doing and doing until you reach mastery”
Will Smith (yes, of ‘Men in Black’ fame)
So, why am I not presenting or training or working on new products where I have much more experience and will be much more effective? If I’m slow and incompetent at something I have no talent at, why am I doing it at all? The answer is that at times I need to challenge myself. To get to grips with something complicated and technical and messy with a bit of coding – just for fun. Hmmm, I should really redefine ‘fun’. For me, fun is in tearing my hair out and working through something hard to gain an understanding of it. It’s climbing mountains of knowledge, slowly and painfully.
Once I have climbed to a certain level of knowledge and awareness, I feel so great. I know I can achieve a result in a new area. I am certainly not an expert, but I can guide experts in their work if I need to. And in the worst case, when they talk, I can follow the conversation. So, as I gnash my teeth and work out how to bring this web site to life, I’m still having fun – even if it feels like work as I’m doing it.
What do you do for fun? And what mountains do you climb in your life? What have you achieved mastery over? Let me know. In the meantime, I’ll be in the HTML weeds for some time to come…