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Ira Glass
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.