It took me 3 tries to get my drivers licence. As someone who hates to fail, that’s an embarrassing thing to share. As someone who loves her car, that’s an embarrassing thing to share. But, share I shall.
The first time I took my test – On the way back after doing all the tricky stuff like U-turns and 3-point turns I was giving way before making a right hand turn. I thought I had plenty of room to make the turn, but the oncoming car saw I was in a Learner’s car. I swear they sped up just to freak me out! The tester didn’t see it that way and I got my first fail.
The second time I took my test – I over compensated for anything coming my way so badly it was ridiculous. And I failed even doing a basic hill start because I was so nervous about making a mistake and my confidence was completely shattered after the first test. Second fail.
The third time I took my test – I was determined to get it. I knew I could drive that car. The first two fails and anything I did wrong weren’t even in my mind. I was so fierce and determined that the only thing in my mind was passing that test. “I’ll show you”. And I finally passed. Easily.
What I learned from failing my drivers licence test.
- It’s okay to fail as long as you learn something. I learned that sometimes you don’t win first time. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right. And putting too much pressure on myself and getting flustered is not going to end well.
- Have the courage to try, try again. I tried getting my drivers license more than once before I got it. I have tried starting my own creative business more than once – I’m trying again knowing the courage will pay off.
- Learn as much as you can – then drive the car. I can do all the theory I want on how to drive a car, but it is not the same as actually driving. But you can’t just jump in a car and start driving either. It’s not as easy as it looks. It’s the same with business. Many of the people I am learning from say you need to know at least some business basics before you start – but the best way to learn is to get behind the wheel and drive (start your business).
I have had my days where I am wondering if I can pull this off and other days where I am the little engine that could – “I think I can”. And I know the fun stuff will really start when I get behind the wheel. That will be when I can go where ever I want to go.