Just do it

Some good words from Ira Glass (NPR's This American Life):

…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. …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.

Creating is a discipline with paradox. On one hand, we love it and are compelled to create. On the other hand, there are times when we know our work isn’t what we envisioned and wonder if we’ll ever get to what our brain and heart see. The creative process is fun and fulfilling, but the end product – sometimes not so much.

Take Ira Glass and Nike’s words to heart and just do it. This week, finish your story/photograph/song/script/painting…

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