I discovered another powerful metaphor the other night.
You might find yourself working on a real piece of shit car one day. Think: hacked-up DSM.
It might seem like a great opportunity at first, but you’ll quickly realize it’s an absolute shit show. Cut corners, missing parts, no follow-through on anything. You know it will never be a high performance machine and feel stupid for getting scammed. Still, you’ll learn valuable lessons about what you really want.
You’ll make the jump to a truly high performance machine. Think: 400hp air-cooled 911.
Where you’ll quickly discover you don’t know shit from shinola. It’s the neatest machine you’ve ever worked on—but it’s also the hardest you’ve ever worked on a machine. You know you’re in the deep end, and you feel stupid because everything is so precise with this one. It’s not as easy.
It’s a double sucker punch. Duck. Dodge. Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.
Let me put it another way.
If you go from feeling stupid for considering yourself an expert—but missing all the red flags—to feeling stupid for considering yourself an expert—but not expert enough—that’s a red flag, too.
You’re a contender. You belong there. Step in the ring and fight.