If you do any sort of creative work, you probably know the feeling well—you can imagine exactly what you want to produce, but the end product isn’t quite turning out like the masterpiece you envisioned. Even after hours (or maybe months) of tweaking and refining, it’s certainly great work, but it just doesn’t have that “wow” factor you’re sure you’re capable of. The feeling can make you want to give up—and has certainly stopped many creatives from reaching their full potential.
Famed public radio personality Ira Glass has an incredibly insightful and well-put explanation for this phenomenon: There’s a major gap between the killer taste that most creatives have and their current skill level. Because their tastes are so high, he says, it’s immediately obvious when their work doesn’t match up to great expectations, and this leads to the disappointment that stops a lot of talent in its tracks.
Watch the video below to find out what this means and, more importantly, how you can make sure the creative gap doesn’t get you down.
Before joining The Muse, Sarah worked in social business innovation for Virgin Unite in London, strategy and innovation at Market Gravity, sustainability research in the Dominican Republic, and business development for a NYC startup. Wrapping up her time at Columbia University, she’s headed to McKinsey & Company after graduation. Say hi on Twitter @sarahlichang.More from this Author