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If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Poorly

A while ago some friends and I got together and decided that we were going to make homemade mozzarella cheese. We found a recipe on Pinterest promising that with just some milk, salt and rennet we would make an entire pound of our very own mozzarella and be in Caprese salad heaven within thirty minutes.

However, as these things often go, we didn’t quite end up with what we were hoping for. Instead of a pound of delicious fresh mozzarella, all we got was a tiny lump of slightly salty, inedible silly putty. Disappointment doesn’t begin to describe it…

The truth is, I love Pinterest fails. Not because I’m any better at pulling off the crafty stuff, but because I’ve been there when it all went wrong. I feel like part of that tribe, that band of people who stepped out, gave it a shot, and had it totally flop. And when it didn’t go their way, they were able to laugh about it.

But that led me to this little bit of wisdom; If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly.

You read that right. Hear me out…

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly. Not forever of course, but certainly at first. The key to starting somewhere is to start. Too often, it’s easy to drag our feet and hesitate to jump into something new because we know that it won’t be good enough. And maybe by extension, we aren’t good enough either.

However, anything worth doing is worth doing. Even if at first we don’t quite have everything figured out. Even if it takes some time to get it dialed in. Even if things don’t go our way, especially at first. We have good work to do and we can’t let pride or fear keep us on the sidelines.

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