There are days when I doubt myself and where I should really be. Thankfully, I’m not the Type A kind of person who would really ponder on my frustrations. I was getting ready to post the usual embarrassing blog post about my personal what-nots (get ready for it tomorrow) and then I stumbled upon Ia’s link. I love it mainly because it speaks to me, telling me that “hey, you’re on the right track – and no, it’s not a perfect one but I assure you you’re getting there”.
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 it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work … 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 … It’s gonna take awhile … You’ve just gotta fight your way through.