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Progress Not Perfection


I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been thinking about making a website for a while. I’ve just been delaying it because life happens. But in all honesty though, one of the reasons I delayed it is because I thought I wasn’t good enough yet. “I haven’t mastered this technique yet.” “I don’t have enough experience yet.” “This guy other guy is already doing it.” “What will others think?” “Will they compare me to this other guy?” “Will they notice my sloppy legato technique?”

I don’t remember where I read it but I knew after reading it that it gave me permission to just go ahead anyways. I read somewhere someone wrote “progress, not perfection.” Meaning, it’s about the progress that’s happening, not perfection. To put it in popular sayings, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” I realized that I am flawed in my musicianship. I’m not perfect, and certainly not the best, nor do I even think I’m near the best. And THAT’S OKAY, because it’s about progress, not perfection.

When learning guitar, we should always have the mindset of a learner, the mindset of ‘progress, not perfection.’ It’s okay if we make mistakes, just don’t stay there. Keep progressing and soon enough, you’ll improve tremendously. I also believe that having this mindset helps us enjoy the music more. Comparisons will only bring us frustrations.