You don’t remember it but when you started to talk, you weren’t very good.
Years of struggling to make different sounds, struggling to tie them together.
Getting a word was hard let alone a full sentence or conversation.
Now you don’t have to think about it. You can sit back and talk with a friend for hours. Breeze back and forth between different topics. Raise your voice, lower it, speak sarcastically, speak seriously.
It’s the same with learning anything else.
In the beginning, you’ll suck. You won’t be able to string a single word together. The sounds will be weird. But eventually, you’ll get your first word. And you should be proud of yourself. Then the next and then the next.
If it’s machine learning, maybe you don’t know a single line of Python code. Then you manage to write a function on your own. It’s only 3-lines long but it’s still your own.
If it’s sharing your work online, your first few blog posts will be terrible. But as you keep going you’ll start to learn how to connect the words on the page the same way they’re connected in your head. The same way you’d like other people to hear them.
If it’s learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, your first few sessions will feel strange. What are these new movements? All the hip shrimping and keeping the elbows by your side how do you get your legs there?
Keep practicing, keep learning and eventually you’ll be working on machine learning projects which felt impossible before, people will want to read your blog posts because you’ve figured out what you want to say and you’ll be showing others the basic Jiu Jitsu moves because now they’re like brushing your teeth.
It pays to remind yourself, learning something new requires you to be bad in the beginning. Once upon a time, you couldn’t talk. Now you can.
The best thing?
No one really ever masters anything. Whatever craft you choose, there’s always more, more ways to become fluent. And that’s exciting.