5.03.2011

Insufficiency


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 

15 comments:

Missing James by Marissa said...

That is so true. Thanks for posting that quote by Ira, it really made me look at my work in a different way.

victoria thorne said...

Amen.

Hilary Inspired said...

I've never heard anyone put it that way...but what an amazingly true statement! And while one is in the "gap" it can be so difficult to prove your worth and value. Moral of the story? Keep going and work damn hard! Thanks for sharing!

MARI said...

thank you for this post.

alanna said...

100% true...is this a This Life quote?

Theresa Cheek said...

We all need a handbook at the beginning of our journeys that has this printed in it. Great post!

Neiry said...

Wow... amazing post♥

pimp my bricks said...

What a great quote. What a generous impulse to post it.

Irene LYL Lu said...

i'm in my bottomless hole right now and reading this post gave me a little light. Thank you. so much. <3

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magna rĂșn said...

thank you for this <3

Claire M. said...

I like the accessories, its so cute :)

Tonia said...

This is exactly how I feel. Thanks for sharing with us.

Zellain said...

What a gorgeous way to store jewelry!

Also, I completely love that quote.

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Catherine said...

Amazing quote and so true. I always remind myself of Malcom Gladwell's statement that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. I totally believe that.

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