I stumbled onto this quote on Joy Thigpen’s blog a few days ago and it has really stuck with me:
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.
— Ira Glass
I feel like I am just now breaking through this phase and let me tell you, breaking through is awesome. I’m learning, gosh, am I still learning. But, I’m finding my voice. I’m finding why I love this job so much. I’m finding my style and that little quirkiness that makes a design mine.
Consider this just a little encouragement boost if you’re just finding what you love and pursuing it. Consider it your own personal kick in the tushy. But consider it. And work through. Waking up to joy and possibility every morning will keep you going until you find your voice too…