If you know me at all, you know that I am a perfectionist. I like to get things right on the first try, and I automatically feel like a failure if I cannot figure something out. I am literally a real life Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” when I am frustrated (well maybe not as dramatic…).
That was me when I was learning how to use Indesign this week in my public relations publishing class. I got extremely frustrated with myself when I could not figure out what I was doing. There is so much to learn from how to create shapes, change colors, make a newspaper template and a whole lot more that I could not even tell you about…yet.
See that is the key word “yet.” I think that is a great life lesson for all of my fellow perfectionists out there. There is always something new to learn, there is always something that you will not be good at, but most importantly, there will ALWAYS be things you have to work at before you can be a master.
It is extremely easy to be discouraged when you do not succeed on the first attempt, but perseverance is the key. If you keep trying, you will learn more than you ever would if you got it perfect on the first try. If everyone was great at everything they tried, then the world would be a pretty boring and dull place because nobody would have unique talents.
I say that I cannot tell you about all the elements of Indesign yet because one day I will be able to tell you all about it. How will I be able to do that? Because instead of giving up due to my lack of skills at the moment, I am determined to keep working hard to learn as much about Indesign as I can. I will still get frustrated (spoiler alert: I will get frustrated a whole lot), but I will just have to try and try and try again until I finally figure it out.
With lots of hard work, you can do anything you set your mind to.