NPR radio host Ira Glass was once shared insight into the struggle of making great art. “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 of years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.”
However, Glass said that the key to producing work you’re proud of is to follow your creative instincts as you develop your skills. “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… 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… It’s going to take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just got to fight your way through.”
It’s natural to feel disappointed with the work you make. However, you must push through that discomfort and continue to create until your work catches up to your aspirations.
Question: Where are you currently disappointed that your work doesn’t live up to your aspirations? Don’t quit. Keep developing.