What Nobody Tells Beginners

Ira Glass Quote What Nobody Tells Beginners

For all you other beginners out there who hadn’t heard this either.

“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

Thanks Ira!

I find this comforting. If you’re disappointed with your work, good! That means you have the good taste to get better.

It’s easy to see the great work of veteran creators and forget that they didn’t start out at the top. They started from the beginning, just like everybody does. The difference is that the greats persisted at improvement where others had stopped.

I love Ira’s solution. Do a lot of work. Be patient. Be persistent. It will come.

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