Why You Don’t Have to Get It Right the First Time

Have you ever tried something that didn’t turn out right the first time—maybe not even the second, fifth, or tenth? (Raises hand.)

Almost five years ago Suzie Eller, Jennifer Watson, and I started doing More than Small Talk videos through Facebook Live. One time we were sideways. On another day the sound didn’t work. And once we were green like space aliens (I STILL can’t figure that one out).

Suzie had a coughing fit during a video and had to run off screen. All three of us stumbled over our words, battled insecurity, and had bad hair days (well, maybe the last one was just me). It would have been easy to say, “This is clearly not what we’re supposed to be doing. Let’s turn off the camera and eat cupcakes instead.”

But then we would have missed out on KLRC inviting us to turn More than Small Talk into a podcast that now has over 300,000 downloads (what?!). This week we recorded our 100th episode! And we have listeners all over the world.

You know what else? We STILL mess up. Why? Because we’re human and that’s the way it goes.

I’m sharing this because you might be doing something new too—parenting or teaching, tackling a tough project or offering your creative gifts to the world, learning a skill or chasing a dream.

Keep going. Keep trying. You don't have to get it right the first time.

If it feels like you’re doing it all wrong at first, that’s normal. Keep going. Keep trying. An unexpected opportunity or breakthrough might be just around the corner. But if you quit now, you’ll never know what might have been.

In our 100th episode, we looked back on our favorite More than Small Talk moments. And we didn’t talk about the times we got it right or when everything went smoothly. We talked about being sideways and green—our “worst” moments turned into our best stories.

Will you celebrate the 100th episode of More than Small Talk with me today? You can listen on your favorite podcast platform and subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you’re already a listener, leaving a review will help others find the podcast.

And whatever you’re doing, I’m cheering you on too!


About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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