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Creation/recognition

Seth Godin on the gap between something of value being created, and that value being recognised by others.

There’s often a significant lag between the creation of something useful and when the market recognizes it.

That’s an opportunity for speculators and investors, who can buy before the recognition happens.

And it’s an opportunity or a trap for creators, who might get disheartened about the lack of applause and upside immediately after they’ve created something.

In addition to this, there’s the problem of the taste gap, that inevitable period of time where the work you’re producing doesn’t live up to the standards that inspired you to create it in the first place.

The only solution is to trust that you have something inside you that is worth sharing with the world, and to refuse to stop until the world has recognised it.

The taste gap.

An absolute gem from Ira Glass on the the challenges of starting out doing creative work.

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.

More people than ever (including myself) are branching out into creative projects, and sadly, most of us will fail.

Remember, creative people don’t fail because they aren’t any good, they fail because they quit before they figured out how to be.