As a techy, i often judge my abilities to do various things as an indication
of my value. There is a problem with that, though, because for tasks of
apparently similar complexities, there are some that i find extremely easy, and
others that i struggle with.
An important difference between these task can be the time i spent struggling
with them in the past, as well as how similar they are to others tasks i
achieved. It’s easy to forget the price i paid to find them easy now. It was
an investment of time and energy, if i was lucky, that investment was done
willfully and by having fun, but not always.
But what it means is that just because i find a task easy, it doesn’t mean it’s
easy for my co-workers or friends, even if i struggle with tasks which they do
find easy, they aren’t better or worse than me (well, maybe they are, but it’s
not that simple), they did different time investments, and so we can help
each-other. And i should have as much understanding for their difficulties,
that i hope they have of mine.
The idea behind this is that we all have a comfort zone, that we spent time
digging, and it can be of different size, and of different depth. You can
always dig at the same place, but chances are you’ll be limited in your
movements, or you can dig all other the place, but chances are you won’t dig
very deep, unless you spend all your time digging, but then you may grow tired
of digging pretty fast. It’s important to have an habit of digging though, so
you increase your comfort zone regularly, and make a lot of things easier for
you, because that’s how you can really master things. Don’t worry, you won’t
run out of places to dig.
So next time you find something hard, rejoice, you aren’t bad, you are just
digging in a new place, out of your comfort zone, and you’ll conquer that
space, if you want to.