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Ira Glass on the gap between your work and taste

I noticed I've had this one 37signals blog post marked unread for a while because I wanted to do something with it. It's a photo of a poster of this quote that I heard about a year ago that I really liked. Sure, it has a few misspellings, but I suppose it sort of fits — it's not quite good yet.

What Ira Glass said though, is spot on:

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.

I think it doesn't apply only to creative work. Anything that we do, we got into it because we liked it and were excited by it.

You can also watch the original video if you like.

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