Nobody Tells This To People Who Are Beginners…
I am going to keep this month’s blog post short and sweet because this image already says more than I could in 500 words.
When I joined Career Girl Network last June as one of its five interns, Marcy Twete and Kathi Toll encouraged us to create vision boards. This exercise let us transform our goals and dream jobs from abstract daydreams to concrete possibilities.
Since none of us were especially gifted in the arts and crafts department, we used Pinterest to make digital collages of who we were and who we wanted to become. Almost ten months later, I still add pins to my vision board whenever I come across an image or a quote that inspires me to keep trying at the end of the day.
The quote shown above struck a chord with me when I first saw it, and it continues to have an impact on my life. As a so-called millennial, my generation tends to think, “If I am not immediately great at something, then what is the point of pursing it?”
We expect the best results with the least amount of effort, which is why it is tough when we invest hours of our time into projects we are actually passionate about, only to have them blow up in our faces.
Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life, reminds all of us why we choose to work in a certain field in the first place and that trying and failing and trying again is better than simply trying and quitting.
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 – that 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 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 will be as good as your ambitions.
– Ira Glass
In a comment below, share any images or quotes that inspire you to keep trying.