Nobody tells beginners the truth in its entirety, and I really wished somebody had told me.
All of us who do creative work get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap that needs to be filled. For instance, the first couple years that you’re making stuff, you'll be filled with so much energy, but what you’re making might not be that great or fantastic, and yet the project might have great prospect.
But your main reason, the thing that got you into the game initially continues to trending, and that alone might not be enough, because after your first phase, The project might look somewhat like a dissapointment. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit.
Everybody I know who does interesting or creative work went through years or months where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. But they continued improving.
And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal. The most important thing you can do now is background check. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one segment. Make research on the people that have gone through that path befire, ask alot of important questions from professionals, take comprehensive notes. It is only by going through a volume of work and doing a background check that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the project will be as good as your ambitions.
It might take longer to figure out how to do this. Just continue.... It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.
Spend a year or two in the gym and you’ll start to look more like you ever wanted to look. This is something people are struggling with right now.
If yours is writing, start writing consistently and you’ll begin to take notice when you read great works. In the beginning, it can be very frustrating/difficult just to get something on a page. And even when you hammer out sentences, young writers quickly learn that all words aren’t created equal. Even with consistent writing each week, you might still feel like you fail to produce something of note. Nobody starts out great, it takes consistency and persistence to be great.
Watch a dozen TED Talks and you’ll be able to point out what you like and don’t like about certain presenters, but jump up on stage yourself and the difficulty of captivating an audience — even for a minute or two becomes quite apparent.
And so it goes for virtually any skill. There is always a gap between being an apprentice and being a craftsman. The apprentice has the taste, but not the skill. The craftsman has the taste and the skill.
It’s easier to recognize beauty than it is to create it. You’re good enough to know that what you’re doing isn’t good, but not good enough to produce something great. When you find yourself in this frustrating limbo, the challenge is to never forget what got you there in the first place. Remember that thing that got you into the game.
Your love. Your passion. Your taste. That’s the reason you’re here. You still belong, even if you don’t feel like it right now. Your taste can be killer even if your ability is questionable.
Commit to the process and you’ll become good enough, soon enough. Put in a volume of work. Close the gap.
What to Do Next
Developing skills that are as good as your taste comes down to habits. The ability to “fight your way through” as Glass says, hinges on your consistency to show up and do the work.
Can you build the habits required to make small improvements day after day?
If YES, you can succeed.