03. February 2014

Benjamin Ebel Ira Glass Creative Advice

One ‘Secret’ of Success in Creative Work

There is really no right or wrong in how creatives do their thing, but there might be at least one thing all creative success stories have in common: You have to start and you have to keep doping it, with believe in yourself no matter how often you get rejected. Here is Ira Glass’ perspective on this topic, who is one of the most acclaimed storytellers of our time and it’s a great advice. If you like, watch this short beautiful visualization of Ira Glass’ quote, made by Daniel Sax :

“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.” Quote by Ira Glass

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