Anything I can do, you can do better…wait, what?
Yep, you read that correctly. Most of us actually believe and perhaps have even said this statement. Most of us believe this because we’ve been told to believe it from one single person. That person sucks. They always run you into the ground. They always make you feel like you’ll never make it. They’ll always tell you that you’re not good enough. But you know what? Forget them. They are only stopping you from reaching your goal. Who am I talking about? I’m talking about you. That’s right, you. You are the person that keeps you from jumping out there and actually accomplishing something.
Drown Yourself Out
So I took Tim’s Concrete live online. I am a member of two coding groups on Facebook. I hesitated to post anything. Once again my mind is whirling. Is it good enough? Am I about to get slaughtered? Am I going to be the laughing stock of the group? The result was the exact opposite. People swarmed to me. Telling me how great I had done. How they wished they could be where I am. They wished they could do what I do. Are you kidding me? Is this real? My mind did flip flops and loopy loops in my skull. How was this possible? These people know so much more than I do. They’ve been doing it longer. They’re better than me. Anything I can do, they can do better…right?
That’s when it hit me. Everyone that I was talking to was EXACTLY who I was. They were me before I snapped and decided to just go for it. I talked to a lot of people in these groups that were insecure about their abilities. They were constantly doubting themselves. They were constantly waiting until they finished learning (insert language here). Need I remind you that I’m only six months into this? Anything I can do, you can do better. If any of you from the groups are reading this please pay attention to what I am saying here. Even if you are reading this and you’re not a part of that group, please, continue to pay attention here.
The Reality Check
Take this next point with a grain of salt from an all-wise and all-knowing infant web developer:
If you think you’re not good enough right now, you’ll never think you’re good enough ever.
I mean it. If you can code a simple landing page website, there’s a small business near you that would be happy to have one. If you can take a regular website and use something like Bootstrap to make it mobile responsive, there’s a mobile-crappy website out there in need of your assistance. The bottom line is work with what you can do right now. Get out there and do something with it. Stop waiting to finish (insert language here). Keep learning while you’re building something real. Jump out there and (as Nike would say) Just Do It.
So rather than just leave you with some encouraging ideas, I want to share with you how I actually got this far in my elite, elaborate, wealthy career (that can’t even pay the water bill yet). Jump out there. Here’s exactly how I did it. I went to my local facebook sell groups. Here is the exact posting I typed up:
There it is. My all-time secret to how I got started. I don’t care if you copy it word for word! Reach down deep into your gut, pull out what courage you have, and DO IT!
“Anything I can do, you can do better.”
That’s the lie. I told myself this every single day that I logged onto Facebook and saw my competition. I truly believed it. Stop believing that and believe in yourself. If I can do it, so can you. Let me know what you think. Ask the amazing, all-powerful, six-month-old developer whatever questions you may have, and I’ll see what I can do. One more thing. Right now, tell yourself out loud:
“Anything they can do, I can do also.”
Have a wonderful day!