for beginners: wise words from ira glass

“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 it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is 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 with 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. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 

As someone who is still figuring out a lot of things, including this blog, I appreciated this quote so much – it’s honest, realistic, and encouraging advice that you don’t often hear. Even the most creative and talented people start somewhere and, like I acknowledged in my very first post, beginnings can be rocky. And sometimes beginnings can last much longer than you had hoped and can be much rockier than you anticipated. I can relate to feeling like your work isn’t yet living up to your potential so it’s nice to hear that that’s ok. You’ll get there if you keep working at it. And, although I sometimes feel like a perpetual beginner, that’s just what I’m trying to do – work through it, that is. Hopefully, I’ll end up on the other side. Thank you for the wisdom Ira Glass.

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2 responses to “for beginners: wise words from ira glass

  1. Recently stumbled on this site and thought you would enjoy it:

    Great post! While my blog is not creative related at all, I still am trying to find my voice and find myself stumped about how to phrase what I mean more of than not. Beginnings are always rocky, or so I will continue to tell myself 🙂

    I have found a very awesome dog blog community (yes I blog about Sophie lol) which makes the learning curve a little easier. 🙂

  2. Hey Patty,
    Thanks so much, and I’m totally excited to read your blog! Pinterest is awesome – I already spend way too much of my time on there 🙂


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