Dan John is a weightlifting coach. He is well-known in the fitness world for keeping things simple (and you should always fear a man with two first names). Recently I heard Dan John say:
I often tell my new athletes: “Sorry, you just are not good enough to be disappointed.”
In other words, in the beginning you need to get comfortable with feeling stupid, uncertain, and unskilled.
You’re not allowed to be disappointed by your performance because you haven’t developed your skills yet. It’s only the professionals that are allowed to be disappointed because they have put in the work to be better.
- J.K Rowling is allowed to be disappointed if she writes a bad book because she put in 20 years of work to get good.
- Kobe Bryant is allowed to be disappointed if he plays a bad game because he put in 20 years of work to become amazing.
- Jack LaLanne was allowed to be disappointed with a bad workout because he trained for 60 years to stay fit.
But you and me? We’re not good enough to be disappointed yet. We’re bad enough to get to work.