Start a Job by Being Stupid to Become Smart

Questioning everything early can really prove how much you want to work and this is how it worked for me

Donal Hutchinson
5 min readApr 10, 2021

One of the most anxiety-inducing things about starting a new job is being given your first task and not understanding what to do.

You’re nervous, you’re shy, but you don’t want to look stupid.

So to the best of your abilities, you get it done, but the fear that you’ve done the work poorly really sticks with you.

In this article, I’ll explain how I put the fear of appearing dumb aside in my first week at my new job. I’ll also show how this has benefited me mentally and how this is one of the best ways of showing initiative.

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

“The reality is, I’m an idiot. I’m not being flip about it, I don’t understand very complicated things” — Simon Sinek

Especially as an engineering student I really relate to what Simon says above. I gave up on trying to appear smart long ago. It just didn’t work for me whatsoever.

Though the engineer in me needs to break something down to its simplest terms to fully understand it. It took me going through a lot to fully understand this part of me and let my mistakes truly help me improve myself.



Donal Hutchinson

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