On getting your feet wet

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
— Ira Glass

{Credits: Paintbrushes; Quote found via wit+delight, originally Mint}

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  1. 11.21.11

    that quote is so true~

  2. 11.21.11

    I love this. I’ve been stuck in the gap for awhile…

  3. 11.21.11
    Alex said:

    I LOVE this quote! it’s such a good one – I find myself rereading it from time to time

  4. 11.21.11
    alyson said:

    A quote worth filing. I do PR so tons and tons of writing, creative thinking, strategy, etc… filing this away for sure. Thanks!

  5. 11.21.11

    Definitely agree 100%! You have to produce and produce to get that one killer idea. Every designer out there has to. Think of all the concepts that get tossed! You just need one.

  6. 11.21.11

    Wow this is amazing! Never heard this quote before but I absolutely love it.

  7. 11.21.11
    Amanda said:

    AHHHH I love this! Really great post!

  8. 11.21.11
    Liz said:

    Really wonderful words – thanks for sharing such a perfect quote!

  9. 11.21.11
    Lauren said:

    a wonderful reminder :)

  10. 8.4.17
    Liz said:

    Fantastic quote.