Ira Glass’s perspective on art is one every frustrated creative needs to hear.

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Ira Glass is the mastermind behind some of the most popular podcasts of all time, This American Life, Serial and S-Town.

As a seasoned veteran with nearly four decades of experience in both public radio and podcasting, he shares an incredibly inspiring perspective on creativity.

Ira is typing now…

“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.”

I don’t have a damn thing to add.

But, others might…

Take a look at Seinfeld’s playful approach to writing a joke a day or Kurt Vonnegut’s thoughts on the role of moxie in creation or Jack Kerouac’s choice to take the road less traveled by or Neil Gaiman’s surprising fear of imposter syndrome.

By Cole Schafer (but mostly Ira Glass).

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Originally published at on April 2, 2020.

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