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Ira Glass on Working Through the Suck

YouTube - Ira Glass on Storytelling #3

Video featuring terrific advice from This American Life’s Ira Glass on having the tenacity to get better at the creative work you’re passionate about — even through the times when you know what you’re making isn't as good as you'd like.

I admire Ira's courageousness in using himself as an example of how to do it wrong.

(Also, now that I’m aware of that tic where radio people punch every third word, I’m hearing it all the time.)

[via Big Contrarian]

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embrace the suck

The alternative view is to eventually stop comparing yourself negatively to everything, just relax and figure so long as you're trying it'll at least be acceptably good, and one day you wake up and you know what? It's all looking and sounding pretty damned good. Not perfect every day. Not your best work every moment. But enough of what you produce is beyond the suck that you're OK with the rest of it.

And that's when you realize just how mediocre and small your existence really is and you want to take a heated spork and lift your eyeballs out of their sockets like a modern-day Oedipus who can't stand to view the ragged remains of what you used to call a 'life.'

Oh, no - wait, sorry that last paragraph was meant for the emo blog. Bad ctrl+v error, sorry.




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