That first draft that you wrote, that you quickly tore up in embarrassment.

That first speech you ever gave, when you stuttered and shook and didn’t look up once.

That first sales call, when you felt incredibly awkward and was hung up on.

That first attempt at cooking, when you burnt the toast and ended up eating out.

That first table that you built, that sloped at one end and fell apart after a week.

That first drive off the tee, when the ball dribbled at an angle under a small tree.

That first jog, when you almost passed out before you reached your street corner.

Don’t give up there.

Refine the ugliness.

Keep working on your craft.

Keep improving.

Everyone started in that place, but the best never stopped getting better.