How can you have beginner’s luck with no beginning?
I’ve been inspired by one of my mentors in my head, Myleik Teele, to consider the biggest reason for most of my hesitation in life.
In Myleik’s Friday newsletter, she mentioned learning to accept when one is in the beginning stages of whatever one is doing, one is going to look like a beginner because, well, one’s ass just started! (The essence of the thought is hers, expletives, my own.)
It’s hilarious and sad how — seemingly — the most obvious thing in the world is actually not that obvious. Totally enigmatic for no reason, but my eyes have been opened. I’ve been in a perpetual state of ideas-run-amok in my dome because I’m simply not doing anything with them.
Sure, I’ve declared this year the year of “Lights, Camera, ACTION” with ‘action’ being the primary theme.
However, I’m rarely able to do anything off the cuff so I have to prepare. And what does preparation entail for me? Sitting and thinking, scrolling through the gram for inspo, thinking, no action, just thought.
Oh, that’s procrastination?
My bad, so I just procrastinate for the most part.
Preparation is procrastination in my twisted world of action. It stalls the beginning, henceforth, stripping any hope of beginner’s luck coming to fruition.
There have been multiple studies — here’s one — that point to how we can create our own luck by our outlook on life and how we handle the trials we face everyday.
So if one doesn’t begin, one gets none of that. And if one is looking negatively at the thought of being a beginner then one’s essentially changing their luck into auto- failure, the worst kind, a failure where nothing will ever be learned from, cause one never did shit to learn from it.
So when I think of a beginner in my world I don’t automatically think of a specific person, but I think of the word itself. What was the intent of folks back in the day when they actually started using this word beginner?
According to Dictionary.com, a beginner is:
- a person or thing that begins;
- a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals; or
- a person who is inexperienced, a novice.
The original meaning of beginner in the early 14th century was founder and in order to be a founder of a business one has to BEGIN the business, right? (Reiterating for myself because I can tend to be slow at times.)
Okay, so let’s delve into the word begin.
According to Dictionary.com, to begin is:
- to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start; or
- to come into existence; arise; originate
Begin originates from the Middle English word beginnen, Old English word beginnan with -ginnan meaning ‘to open, to open up, or to cut open’.
When considering the origin of begin, I think of a beginner being a person that’s open to opportunity, open to making mistakes, open to taking in all the luck that one can generate for one’s self.
And as I continue on my quest to be an experienced so and so, I can now bask in the glory of my beginnerdom and rest assured the time will come where I will be a beginner no more, until my beginnerdom is revamped by yet another venture that has yet to begin.