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There was once a pottery teacher called Brian. One month, he decided to split his class into two groups. Group A had to make a pot every day for 30 days (so 30 pots in total). Group B had to work on a single pot for the whole 30 days.

At the end of the month, Brian judged the quality of the pots. Without exception, every one of the top 10 pots came from Group A, the guys that made one pot per day. None came from the group that focused on perfecting their single pot.

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I’ve had messages from students interested in starting various things - websites, blogs, new hobbies, new subjects, all sorts. They’ve been asking for advice on how to get started, or how to improve.

My advice is to always focus on quantity over quality, at least for the first few years.

Want to get better at photography? Take 10,000 photos. Learning how to cook? Try 100 recipes. Video editing? Make 100 videos. Maths? Answer 1000 questions. At the end of that, it’s hard to not be significantly better.

Aiming for quantity has another benefit - it stops the fear of “what if this isn’t good enough?” from paralysing us. We accept that as beginners, we’re going to suck and that’s okay. When I first started building Digestible Notes, I was concerned that perhaps my notes wouldn't be useful for lots of people and I knew that a lot of them would be terrible. But I tried my best to keep improving the notes and never let the pressure of "this has to be good" to get in the way of churning out content. And I’m so so glad that I heard this advice before I got started with the site, because without it, I’d still be obsessing over trying to make my first set of notes ‘perfect’ before putting it online.

So if you’re starting a new hobby, learning a difficult subject, or trying to improve your skills at pretty much anything, this is something I hope you’ll find useful. I certainly have :)

Have a great week!

Gareth

PS: I think the original source of the pottery story is the book Art & Fear. Never read it but I’ve heard good things. 

PPS: Apologies for not sending this newsletter yesterday. I had so many things to do and it completely slipped my mind! I'll try harder to ensure it doesn't happen again 💪

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I’m Gareth, a lawyer, teacher, and YouTuber from Oxford, UK. Every Sunday I write an email newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered on the internet that week - plus a few extra things!
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