Thursday, February 10, 2011

inspiring words

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

I still have plenty of moments when I feel this way about my work. The important thing is to push past with these important words.

Happy Thursday!

6 comments:

Katrina said...

Leah...I SO needed this right now....I am at a point I just don't know if what I do is good enough....I create something...totally love it and then the next few things I am just sorta happy with.....I need to read this over and over!!! hugs, Katrina

beckyjune said...

this is so very true, Leah.

Tania Shaw said...

What a great quote Leah!! Thanks for sharing!!

diane said...

this is a wonderful reminder.

yes, yes, yes.

thank you!

p.s. i adore ira. :)

Kim Sonksen said...

Gosh, this is SO true....I feel like this some time
Thanks for sharing

Rachel Chieppa said...

Thank you for this. I struggle with this myself.

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