Ira Glass is the executive producer and host of the popular NPR show, This American Life which I listened to religiously during my commute to work mainly because it chronicles stories which are almost impossible to hear anywhere else. As a result, the content I feel has made me sharper, it’s increased my emotional intelligence and to a certain extent made me laugh more on a regular basis.
You would think if I’ve been listing to Ira all this time, I would have undoubtedly at one point have come across this brilliant understanding that Ira came to regarding the struggle that people who create stuff go through. I encourage you to listen to Ira himself describe but I’ll leave you with a snippet of his statement that resonated with me the most:
And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work….It is only by going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.