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Great advice from Ira Glass

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This video strikes me as extremely important. It should be mandatory annual viewing in every school in the nation in every grade from 1 through 12. The truth is that, when you start an activity, you can tell that what you produce is not something that you’re proud of or even that you like—and that is okay: it’s normal, it’s part of process. It seems to apply to everything I’ve tried, many of which I dropped because what I was doing was so unsatisfactory to me: woodworking, Go, writing, cooking, drawing, playing the piano, and many more. But when I was interested enough to actually persist (Go, writing to some degree, and cooking) I gradually got to where what I was doing was, to my taste, okay, sometimes even good. And who knows? If I had kept doing woodworking, for example, I may have gotten good. If I had continued to draw, maybe today I would satisfy myself. (And the important thing is to satisfy yourself—you should be happy with what you’re doing, regardless of what others may think or say.)

The key, as Glass says, is to commit to continue turning out completed works—for some time (maybe years) they won’t be what you want, but if you continue to complete things and pay attention to what you’re doing and to the outcome that results, judicious experimentation and the education of the unconscious will almost certainly ultimately result in works that satisfy you—that you like.

This is via Kevin Purdy on Lifehacker,com, and at the link you’ll find where you can watch the entire interview, of which this video is only a segment. Also, note this post on how geniuses become what they are: more or less by following Glass’s advice.

Written by Leisureguy

8 July 2008 at 10:09 am

Posted in Art, Daily life, Education, Writing

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