you never know until you try. people say that all the time. misleading to the point of being useless, the expression doesn’t go far enough. if you follow that line of thinking you’re apt to believe, well, i tried kayaking and capsized, so i guess i’m bad at it. now i know. moving on…
all you know is that you tried once.
don’t fool yourself into thinking one failed attempt proves your (in)ability. it just shows your starting point.
i’m not saying i try new things a million times before evaluating my ability. on the contrary. but it’s worth considering that only trying once is limiting and simplistic.
do the new activity every day for 7 days. then for another 7. and then for 21. see where i’m going? or, you’ll realize it’s not for you. but a single attempt is not enough feedback.
an accurate expression is something along the lines of,
“you don’t know what you’re capable of until you keep trying, a lot, fail a bunch, continue experimenting, and are certain you’ve ruined everything. then you’ll have a pretty good idea.”
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