Embracing My Failures
I've always heard from my parents/grandparents that "I can do anything I put my mind to." Generally, that's been true.... got a 4 in AP Calc in high school after finding a tutor and working my ass off, got back into the choir I wanted after being booted out for no apparent reason (blog post for another time), gotten jobs, graduated from Cal, etc. etc. However, now that I'm starting my business, I'm learning that sometimes, it's better to embrace the things you can't do and pay someone else to do them for you. For example, I paid my lawyer to write up a kickass (and pretty much airtight) contract for me. I pay people to fix my car. I'll probably be paying Megan's dad to do my accounting, because doing it last year was hell.
For whatever reason, I kept trying to convince myself that I could code and style (HTML and CSS). I have a general understanding of the basics and can tinker just fine. But when it comes to really executing a full design? It's taking hours of my time and I swear to god, years off my life. Maybe I'm just too immersed in the creative hemisphere of my brain to come back and do something so analytical... even though I stubbornly keep telling myself "i learned calculus! I can learn this!" I think in this case, maybe I need a class or a good teacher, like I had with calc, to really get it.
That being said, for right now, I'm embracing the fact that I'm nowhere near where I need to be to do coding or styling in a way that makes any business sense (aka it will take for.ev.er). I'm very ok with the fact that I can design a kickass website, or banner, or magazine (just you wait!) and write awesome content to go on it. I don't have to do it all... and I think that embracing that sometimes we do need to ask someone for help (and-- gasp!-- pay for it) is a necessary part of becoming successful in the things that we do have talents in.
Have you guys ever been so stubbornly insistent on doing something yourself that it's backfired? Why the eff is it so easy to ask for help with some things (like changing my oil) but not for others?
Also, thanks to Andrew Norcross for being my dev in shining armor.