Four-year olds have no self-doubt. They do crazy things like learn to ride bicycles without training wheels and swim in water that could drown them.
And no one tells a four-year old they can’t ride a bike.
Yes, it’s difficult to learn to steer and brake. It’s even more difficult to balance at the same time. But eventually, they’ll pick it up and race down the street with a huge smile.
After biking comes swimming, video games, tree climbing, and (for the lucky few) fishing.
Kids pick up new skills and abilities nearly every day.
Then it changes.
The unheard voice of self-doubt becomes louder, we internalize failure, and learn to protect our ego.
We learn to quit.
We quit math, organic chemistry, relationships, driving a stick shift, and even exercising. If it doesn’t come easy, it’s not meant for us right?
Tell that to the four-year old. Tell her she can’t ride a bike because she doesn’t have the talent for it.
In a week, she’ll ride past you, two wheels spinning so fast that you’ll forget what it was you wanted to quit.