Understanding the Difference Between Process, Progress and Success

It’s always nice to be able to take something that you learn at school and apply it in a everyday situation. It doesn’t always happen, but it feels very good to know that you actually learned something and this lesson is something that will be with you for a while.

I’m currently taking this online class called “The Creative Process” and it’s a class that focuses on writing and creating stories. As much as it sounds like it is the most convenient/perfect class for me, it’s been hard to post any creative writing drafts on the forum because I was worried about them not being perfect. Today though, I learned something really important in this week’s lesson – process and progress do not mean perfection. They mean exactly what they mean, that progress takes a certain time.

And this applies to so many different aspects of learning. Whether you’re learning how to play an instrument or a sport, you won’t become good overnight, it takes a while to get better at something and it was nice of my teacher to remind us that perfection takes time – the only thing that matters is that we try and that’s what we’re getting graded on.

Compared to some other classes that I took in university so far, this class was the first one to teach me that even if you fail at something that you thought you did right, well it’s not necessarily a failure. You did not fail to learn – you are in the process of learning and through this process you will see your progress.

I know that through failure motivation is hard to keep but I hope that this little lesson that I’m sharing with you guys will help you keep your head up to learn and progress in your own time.

xo, TheModMisfit.

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