Creativity, flow, focus and inspiration are great concepts but sometimes hard to achieve when you get caught up in a myriad of projects and deadlines. This is one of my favourite quotes because it reminds me that good things take their time, all we need to do is keep going.
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.
by Ira Glass
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
Source: David Shiyang Liu
Looking for inspiration? If you are going to read anything this week, read this.
“We’ve grown used to spending weeks on one idea only to have it thrown away at the last minute. If we opened up this process to more sharing — among ourselves and our clients — we’d have more time to build and evolve better ideas.”
Read more at AppliedArts
“There is no settling down without some settling for. There is no long-term relationship not just putting up with your partner’s flaws, but accepting them and then pretending they aren’t there. We like to call it in my house “paying the price of admission.
(…) Any long-term relationship that’s successful is really a myth that two people create together … and myths are built of lies, and there’s usually some kernel of truth…”
Read more at Brainpickings
Have a great Monday!
Listening: Mary Poppins – Jolly ‘oliday. Don’t ask! I’m still high with Christmas-y spirit. I watched too many movies this past weekend…
Reading: Exploiting Chaos by Jeremy Gutsche and a bunch of other stuff for my Marketing course.
Wearing: Big comfy cape with leggings and boots.
Feeling: Motivated to work.
Outside: Grey and windy weather, not my favorite at all.
Wanting: to travel to somewhere warmer, a new camera and an IPad.
Needing: more time to do everything I want to do by the end of this week.
Thinking: about the year to come and in all the projects that still are on my shelf.
Enjoying: the company of family in this holiday season and newfound blogs to read.
Wondering: about love and a trip to Switzerland.
I’m on a hunt… looking for my creative self. I’m looking for it on bookstores, petit cafes, galleries, inside of tea bags and gourmet cookies boxes. I haven’t been lucky so far… So, if you happen to see my shiny feather pen of creativity, please give me a shout!
(source, via: appleday)
Currently spending the Sunday afternoon sitting at the desk trying to finish a report while wondering about the theory of open systems and strategic planning. But is it really important to be a sage in all things about management if we don’t have the courage to be more creative, to bend the rules and dare to be unusual?