A few years ago, I read a quote from Ira Glass (This American Life) about the difficulty of getting good at anything when starting as a beginner. I wrote it down on medium and it stuck with me ever since then.
When starting as a beginner, you get a lot of resistance. First, you tell yourself your creative output is not good and you have no idea how will it be ever great like the people you look up to. Second, people you know doubt how what you're doing now will evolve into something great. And you feel like an imposter.
I've lived through a few cycles of trying to « close the gap » now. First, as a snowboarder and wannabe filmmaker, second as a musician an wannabe record maker, third as a marketing professional and wannabe strategist, fourth as a first time investor/board member and now, again, as an entrepreneur.
Each time, it takes years. Each time, starting as a beginner feels weird. Each time, people around you are skeptical. Each time, you doubt yourself. But it's alright, you're a train passing by and people are standing still. Don't bother, just mind « closing that gap ».
Now, I love meeting people who have clearly not « closed that gap ».