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Biggest Obstacle for 40-something Beginner Guitarists
When you are a kid, your job is to learn. You do very few things as well as the grown-ups around you. By the time you are a mature member of society, one measures oneself by what you can do, and what you have accomplished.
Learning a new skill as an adult can be very frustrating because suddenly you are a beginner again, and the beginner mind is a foreign place. Yet, as mature adults, this (the beginner mind) is an essential mindset to be comfortable with. Because when you stop learning, you start dying. Studies have shown that the more active one’s brain, i.e., learning new things, the better it holds up over time. And the more interesting you are to talk to.
You have to get over not feeling good about yourself because you aren’t good at something you are just started learning. Accept the newness of it, and keep reminding your self that anything worth doing takes time to master and all masters start as beginners.