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Just because you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to do it. Sounds

Just because you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to do it. Sounds

Just because you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to do it.
Sounds simple enough, but this was the mind blowing reminder/lesson of my day today.
I’ve heard it 1,000 times: starting a business means learning to do things that you don’t necessarily like doing.
For me, that’s spreadsheets and numbers. These are some of my biggest weaknesses, and thus far, I had been able to skate by focusing only on the things that I found fun, interesting, or exciting.
Not today. Today was about the dreaded spreadsheets and numbers.
My anxiety started last night, because I knew what today held. I’ve mentioned in the past what an expert I am at procrastinating and avoiding things that I don’t understand, and I didn’t want to give in to that temptation today and fail as a leader for my team.
The moment I was dreading came, when one of my partners put a blank spreadsheet in front of me and said he would teach me how to input the information.
My immediate impulse was to try to shift the responsibility back onto him, and make him do it, or at least make him sit with me and ask me questions and then fill the spreadsheet in for me. It was tempting, and would feel natural, as I’ve pulled that move many a time to avoid things I don’t understand.
Instead, I took a deep breath and said “Teach me.” Sure, the learning was a little uncomfortable, because it’s way easier to tell myself the story that I can’t, than it is to roll up my sleeves and actually do the work… but today I learned how to organize and populate a spreadsheet, and you know what? It made all of the numbers, that I thought I didn’t understand, make a lot more sense.
I didn’t have all of the info to finish the entire sheet, but my feeling about it has completely changed. Now, instead of wanting to avoid it at all costs or pawn it off on someone else, I can’t wait to finish filling it in over the next couple weeks, and then tackle the next challenge that scares me.
There’s epic empowerment in knowledge, in learning new things, so don’t be afraid to put in that extra effort on the things you don’t like doing, especially if those things scare you. You’ve got this! And so do I. 💥

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