Some of the most stressful times in my professional life are when I feel unprepared. Like taking Spanish 2 in College and the teacher only spoke in Spanish. Everyday I prayed that I was never called on. In fact, I would not have known if they called me since I don't speak Spanish. Regardless, feeling unprepared is a terrible feeling. Below Seth Godin writes why being unprepared is also a positive thing.
Originally written by Seth Godin. You can access the original article here.
Is there anything worse we can say about you and your work?
"You are unprepared."
But the word "unprepared" means two things, not just one. There is the unprepared of the quiz at school, of forgetting your lines, of showing up to a gunfight with a knife… this is the unprepared of the industrial world, the unprepared of being an industrial cog in an industrial system, a cog that is out-of-whack, disconnected and poorly maintained.
What about the other kind, though?
We are unprepared to do something for the first time, always.
We are unprepared to create a new kind of beauty, to connect with another human in a way that we’ve never connected before.
We are unprepared for our first bestseller, or for a massive failure unlike any we’ve ever seen before. We are unprepared to fall in love, and to be loved.
We are unprepared for the reaction when we surprise and delight someone, and unprepared, we must be unprepared, for the next breakthrough.
We've been so terrified into the importance of preparation, it's spilled over into that other realm, the realm of life where we have no choice but to be unprepared.
If you demand that everything that happens be something you are adequately prepared for, I wonder if you’ve chosen never to leap in ways that we need you to leap. Once we embrace this chasm, then for the things for which we can never be prepared, we are of course, always prepared.