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October 2


Thought of the day: knowing your work is not good is good.

Kieran just sent me this Ira Glass quote a few days ago, and the perspective it gave me was so encouraging that I had to share it for all you creative folks that ever struggle with being satisfied with your work. Which is pretty much every creative person that I know (save God, perhaps, but I’ve never had the opportunity to have a face-to-face with the fellah, so who knows?).

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that 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, and 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 it’s 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

What a comforting thing for a creative person to hear, whether you’re a writer, an artist, a photographer or a designer like myself. If you know what looks good, you’re in the right business. What a relief.

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