This point comes up so often, it could be the name of this blog. But it keeps recurring because it’s true.
Our natural tendency is to do anything possible to hide the fact the we don’t know how to do something, when in reality we should actually seek out situations where we are incompetent.
Remember; a lack of competence doesn’t mean you are stupid, it just means you aren’t yet competent. And even once you gain some competence, you are still a long way from being an expert, much less a master. So you’ll be failing all through this process, and that’s not only ok, it’s expected.
No one wants to look like they don’t know what they’re doing, especially the older they get. But this is completely the wrong mind set. You should be failing like a child.
Because here’s the thing: if you are trying to learn something and you suck at it, you’re on the right track.