Life Hack: The First Draft Rule

Life Hack: The First Draft Rule

Do you ever look back in time and wonder how stupid you were then? Or sometimes rewind back to an argument and think of a better comeback?

I’m sure it’s a familiar feeling because each one of us feels this way, at some given point. When I look back to the snippets I would write while wearing the journalist’s hat as a kid, I can’t help but laugh at the mockable pieces they are!

But here’s an important aspect missed, even if I wrote those news pieces as an adult, I think it’s still alright because they’re my first drafts, and that’s what they are, imperfect, flawed and funny! As far as I’m concerned, this is only a personal example.

Life Hack: The First Draft Rule
Life Hack: The First Draft Rule

But if you’re to take a look at the firsts of experts, in most cases you’re bound to spot something common: The imperfection of the first draft.

Directors, authors, artists, and poets have admitted to sometimes being embarrassed by their first draft, which was far from the perfection it possesses today.

Rewind and look back to your first presentation, your first attempt at a sports adventure or your first date ever; all of them are gonna seem fallacious and funny even.

Ernest Hemingway once rightly said, β€œThe first draft of anything is shit.” I couldn’t pick a better quote to convey my sentiments.

As humans, this is where we falter. We expect the first attempt to be the best attempt. But when the best in businesses couldn’t create the magic in a first draft, how do we expect to create flying colours? Things in life are like wine, they only get better with age.

P.S: I’m gonna stop here and leave this post as a reminder to not be so harsh on yourselves. Life hack to happiness: The first draft rule. Remember to cut yourself some slack πŸ™‚ Until next time, #StayCurious

I’ve pledged to participate in a month long blogging challenge for November and this is my day 8 post for #NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo November 2016

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  1. Seema , I am truly enjoying these short bursts of wisdom carefully concealed in your tongue-in-cheek posts!
    Keep writing, you’re doing great!


  2. πŸ™‚ Made me smile. But you had given some important points. While we feel stupid about things we did in the past, it is alwys good to look back and ponder once in a while.


  3. I completely agree with you, Shalini πŸ™‚
    It’s always good to look back and smile at our old sleves.


  4. I guess everyone is led to believe that “First impression is the last impression”. It is true on many aspects, but I believe there’s more to it. Perhaps another impression to base our analysis. However, this need to be perfect the first time is beyond anyone’s reaproach which you have captured in this post quite well. And it is okay to be stupid and make mistakes, because that’s what makes us better. πŸ™‚


  5. Thank you so much πŸ™‚
    And I couldn’t agree more with you. We tend to put too much pressure on ourselves going by “First impression is the last impression” philosophy


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