I'm not usually one to post other people's words to my page but this quote so completely describes my work life that I feel as if it came from my own thoughts. I've always been a dreamer. Just ask my wife! Whether it is my photographs and photography business or the way I provide care to the patients I am entrusted with, I always have a picture in my head of what I want my the end results to look like. Unfortunately, I am often disappointed in the completed project... Don't get me wrong, I've come a long way over the years. My pictures look fine, they are just never quite as good as I wanted. I always see potential but it just doesn't live up to my ambitions. My patients do very well, after a transport though I frequently think of something that I could have done different that would have improved their experience during the short time that I have them. That's why this quote by Ira Glass gives me so much hope and so I am sharing it with you, just in case you happen to be a bit of a dreamer also....
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that 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, and 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. 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.” ~ Ira Glass