This morning on my way to Legiit HQ I heard a song on my iPod that I haven’t heard in a long time. The song is “Handlebars” by a group called Flobots, it was a pretty big hit in I want to say 2008.
The song tells a story of a guy that start by talking about how he can ride his bike with no handlebars. It tells the story of him doing increasingly complicated things… until he becomes a world leader. It gets pretty dark at the end unfortunately, but that is outside the point I am going to make.
The idea is that every major accomplishment starts by learning a seemingly simple task… such as riding a bike without using the handlebars.
It got me to thinking about how we view things we do, and how we view the way others do them. For example to you installing WordPress on a new site might have at one time seemed like a daunting task… but now its a simple task. That may have lead to you setting up your first website, then getting it to rank…
then monetizing it… then selling it or using it to get sales… that lead to you quitting your job to do SEO…
…and so on.
All that started when you learned one new skill. Everything that is common to us now was once new. When you are doing something new don’t view it as the endgame. If it seems mundane don’t forget that it is a smaller piece to a bigger puzzle. If you keep putting the pieces together you will assemble something beautiful. Keep this in mind as you watch other people as well. They may still be learning to ride their bike with no handlebars.
Don’t judge them if they fall down a few times while they learn
Remember that there was a time when you too couldn’t ride your bike with no handlebars.