Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Fear of Failure

"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 [project]. 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." 
-Ira Glass                                                                                                                 



Truth be told I had this post saved as a draft for the longest time. It was during a design/illustration class my former instructor Lisa showed us this video for the first time. I figured I would make a blog post about it and did but could never find just the right moment to post it. Now that I've had to withdraw from my program and have been away from it for a few months re-watching this has so much more of an impact on me. The timing seems right.

Don't be afraid to fail, embrace your mistakes.
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