Every young creative has been through it at some point in his/her career. Ira Glass, host of the National Public Radio show “This American Life,” calls it “The Gap” between what you know you’re capable of producing and what you actually produce when you first start out. Glass shares how this leads to self-doubt and, often times, giving up.
This is especially true for me right now. I’m new to internet content curating and writing, and just earlier today I was disappointed with what I was creating. I wanted to throw in the towel and mindlessly surf the web to take my mind off of my self doubt.
Daniel Sax’s moving portrayal of Glass’ encouragement to be persistent was exactly what I needed to hear. It reminded me of my humanness, and that we’re always a work in progress. His work inspired me to finish this very post and press on to close “The Gap” between my ambitions and my work.
Sax aptly points out that the message isn’t limited to creatives, but is for “everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.”