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Whilst preparing for my webinar with Creative Review this week I came across a beautiful piece of work that highlights how grit and discipline are such important characteristics for the creative beginner and the most seasoned too. Bringing to life the words of The Gap, by Ira Glass reminds us that when we’re evaluating ideas, sometimes our biggest critics are ourselves.

This advice on the topic is from Ira Glass, who is founder, host and producer of This American Life a weekly public radio show broadcast and an exponent of creativity.

Glass says: “Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?”

He goes on to extol the virtues of deadlines and just to keep creating work. His words have been brought to life in this lovely short film using typography by photographer and visual artist Daniel Sax who has adapted Glass’s wisdom.

This work known as The Gap, by Ira Glass is a rallying cry for anyone who doubts themselves and their creative work. Enjoy.

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