Learning Can Be Uncomfortable and Hard

Learning Can Be Uncomfortable and Hard

Good morning! It feels like such a relief to finally be in the weekend!

This week, I have been making progress in learning how to film a YouTube video. It has been not easy.

I am not a YouTube watcher. I don’t find it entertaining. To go to YouTube and watch countless videos in search of an explanation of what I need to learn is unpleasant.

But I had to do it. I’ll give you an update on what I’ve learned this week.

What I’ve Learned This Week

I have struggled to learn how to film YouTube videos. I have learned a few things:

  1. I went to YouTube and watched some videos to learn how to make a video. The videos needed to be more basic, but I did get an idea of what makes a good video.
  2. I came upon an excellent instructional video for CapCut. This was the most helpful video I came across this week.
  3. My husband told me I could get the CapCut app on my computer by searching for it in the same place I’d search for Word to bring up Microsoft Word. It’s connected to an app store! Yes, I’m telling you, I was lost!
  4. I learned to immerse myself in the discomfort of learning without a guide. I just had to Google and search YouTube videos to get some idea of what to do next.

Getting Comfy Being Uncomfortable

Interestingly, my mentor, Dean Holland, spoke a great deal about discomfort and the need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable this week.

He was discussing the subject in relation to sending follow-up emails, and he could have been talking about being on video.

But what helped me was relating it to the need to get comfy being uncomfortable learning.

He mentioned studies that interviewed people at the end of their lives. When asked what they regret most, many say they regret not doing that one thing, whatever that was for them.

I would hate to reach a stopping point because I got uncomfortable learning.

That would be a waste!

As Robert Frost says, “The best way out is always through.” I’ve just got to get through it.


I’ve learned enough to know what I need help with. I’ll be able to ask a question in Monday’s Ask Us Anything session.

I’ll practice this weekend.

I’m so very close! It’s the how-to I need help with.

I’ll be posting some very basic information about how to film a YouTube video soon. I will save you this agony! LOL!

Have you ever been in a position of being so uncomfortable trying to learn something? You might have to think about school days but maybe there is something more recent?

Were you glad you learned how to do the thing after all? I bet it felt really good once you did!

Please tell me about it in the comments, and sign up as my accountability partner. I need all the support I can get!

And I’ll send you an email to let you know as soon as I’ve conquered filming that first video!

Ciao for now,


32 thoughts on “Learning Can Be Uncomfortable and Hard”

  1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable has to be the winning phrase right now. A comfort zone is amazing but you don’t learn anything there. They are called growing pains for a reason.
    I too haven’t cracked the YouTube video process yet but I know I need too. Good luck with your journey with it and I’m looking forward to seeing you get comfortable with YouTube x

  2. Hi Nakina – I could not agree more. Being uncomfortable is…well, uncomfortable! Unfortunately, we all must go through it to learn and grow. I came across that same CapCut video yesterday and it really is good. I am stuck adding hash tags to posts when editing in CapCut. But I’ll get there. I think I’ll take your advice and ask for help. 🙂 I’m looking forward to your post on YouTube filming. Have a great week!

  3. Hi Nakina,
    It’s so important but so hard to bé uncomfortable on purpose. I remember my hardest discomfort was learning to be a workshop facilitator and public speaker. I had a real hard time with the practical part, being evaluated and scored by peers and professors observing my practical attempts. it was needed to improve though.

    I believe you’ll be great at YouTube and look forward to seeing your progress!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Denny!
      What I find hard is filming and talking to myself in an empty room! My voice sounds so crazy going on and on as if I’m talking to someone! I’ll just have to get used to it. Lol!

  4. Hi Nakina

    Great post. Very helpful with information. I think most of us are in that same boat. Can’t wait to see your next post.


  5. I can identify with this…. as can the current Mrs Simms, who has listened to me vocalise my discomfort for the past 44 years! I consider my self a very able computer user (most of the time), but every so often I get really stuck, and frustrated, and disappointed in my efforts, but I have to keep on through it as you rightly point out. All the best and thanks for this

  6. I currently am testing out “Stream Yard,” recommended to me by a group of you Tubers. I had gotten comfortable with Vimeo, but that platform won’t allow me to stream live on YouTube with a guest- or will it? Vimeo will allow me to livestream, though. The discomfort comes from not moving forward and getting lost in the weeds. We must take action.

  7. Nakina, Dean is right. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I feel so weird every time I turn my camera on myself and press record. This book really helped me: The War of Art By Steven Pressfield. Look forward to seeing your YouTube channel!!!! And thanks for the CapCut Video tutorial. I am going to check it out!

  8. Hi Nakina,
    Dean is right about having to get out of your confort zone and learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable. If you think about it, there are so many things in life as we all get older that we have experienced this with. It’s just another thing to feel uncomfortable with and to deal with it. I know you will do well! Can’t wait to see you on YouTube. Thanks!
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  9. Hi Nakina,
    I don’t know if there’s much difference between doing videos for YouTube and other platforms. The length perhaps? Either way, they are all prone to putting one into that awful uncomfortable zone. It has to get better the more you do it, right? Please, please let that be true. LOL

    1. Right, Andy! It does get better, right? LOL!
      I think it does.
      I remember how nervous I was about my first blog post.
      It definitely gets better.
      Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Nakina, Wow, it sounds like you’ve been on quite the learning journey with YouTube video filming! Even though it’s been tough, it’s awesome to see your determination to push through. Finding helpful resources like the CapCut instructional video must have been a relief. Remembering to embrace discomfort as part of the learning process is a valuable mindset. Keep practicing, and I’m sure you’ll master it soon! Looking forward to your future YouTube video updates. thanks Atif

  11. Nakina,
    I love this. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. This is how we learn! My stick out moment was in the gym learning a new Olympic strength lift and it was so hard to remember all that was needed to be successful at the lift. But I stuck with it and learned it and now it is the favorite thing I do at the gym now. I am looking forward to hearing your progress on YouTube.

    1. Hi, Sherri!
      Congratulations on learning that lift! I’m impressed!
      There are a lot of moving parts to making a video. I’m sure it will get easier. And in the end, I bet it will be fun!
      Thanks for the perspective!

    1. Eleanor,
      That’s a good point!
      Joy comes from understanding and doing, and that will help me keep going. Thank you for such a sweet perspective. That really helps!

  12. Nakina,

    It’s awesome that you’ve made progress in learning to film YouTube videos, despite finding the process challenging. Pushing through discomfort is key to growth, as your mentor wisely noted. I can relate to feeling overwhelmed when learning something new, but the satisfaction of mastering it is worth it.

    I’ll be rooting for you! Keep up the great work!

  13. Nakina, I have so much admiration for the tenacity you are showing in your business, and for continuing to dedicate yourself to the process. I know it’s not easy… and I feel sometimes that I LIVE in the place of being uncomfortable (which is the point of your post) I think the purpose, particularly in starting any new business venture, is to be so used to being uncomfortable you just aren’t phased by it anymore. Wonderful, inspirational post, Nakina. Looking forward to more!

    1. Thanks, Lauren!
      It sounds like you do understand! Wouldn’t it be great not to be phased by the hard uncomfortableness anymore?
      I really appreciate your encouragement!

  14. Hi Nakina!
    #win for going out of your comfort zone to learn YouTube! I can’t wait to hear more about it! I felt that way with learning TikTok. I never used it before and there is definitely a learning curve when we jump into learning a new platform!
    I wish you continued success on your business journey and am looking forward to more of your adventures with affiliate marketing!
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti

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