I recently read this quote by musician Dave Grohl,
“Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old drum set and get in their garage and just suck.”
When it comes to owning Monday and working towards our dreams, sometimes we just have to suck.
I love this mindset of failing. It makes me forget the pressure that I put on myself to constantly achieve. It’s ok to just suck, while your experimenting with new things. When was the last time you saw someone get a hole in one? It normally takes multiple tries to get something right. This is where the old saying “practice makes perfect” comes in.
Sucking, or failure anyway, is one of those things that people try so hard to avoid. They want to avoid that embarrassing feeling of not having it all together. I think sometimes failure is seen as a finished product. If you fail, then there’s not another chance for you to succeed. Failure allows you to see what is successful and what’s not.
Failure isn’t fun. There are some moments in our lives were everything will be dark, and we have no idea what we are going to do. It seems like we’re stuck in an never-ending tunnel, just hoping to catch a glimpse of light. If all we do is succeed we lose the ability to find the determination to succeed. You will learn things about yourself that you could not learn any other way by failing.
Back in the 1800’s pharmacist, John Pemberton wanted to cure headaches. He began exploring all sorts of options, nothing seeming to work. He sucked. One day his lab assistant accidentally mixed coca leaves and cola nuts in carbonated water. As a result, Coca-Cola was created. Obviously Pemberton’s plan wasn’t to create a soft drink empire, but he did.
Sometimes when you suck at one thing, you’ll be great at another.
Take this Monday and really experiment. Really fail. Put yourself out there. If whatever you’re working on, doesn’t work try again. Maybe it’s not supposed to work. Maybe it’s going to lead you to a different plan. Whatever the outcome, nothing is finished until you quit.