Wednesday, August 10, 2011


While I haven't been posting, I have been thinking a lot about posting-- and I justify my lack of actual updates by saying that when I do actually post, I am going to have a lot to say. But for now, to continue with the trend of just brief updates, I recently came upon this Ira Glass quote via Lost at E Minor and wanted to share because it's an important message:

"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 

1 comment:

  1. did you hear Ira give this talk at Reed? It was pretty great. I miss you.