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All of us who do creative work â€¦ we get into it because we have good taste. But itâ€™s like thereâ€™s a gap, that for the first couple years that youâ€™re making stuff, what youâ€™re making isnâ€™t so good, OK? Itâ€™s not that great. Itâ€™s really not that great. Itâ€™s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but itâ€™s not quite that good. But your tasteâ€”the thing that got you into the gameâ€”your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what youâ€™re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?
A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearsÂ where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasnâ€™t as good as they wanted it to beâ€”they knew it fell short, it didnâ€™t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.
And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if youâ€™re going through it right now, if youâ€™re just getting out of that phaseâ€”you gotta know itâ€™s totally normal.
And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of workâ€”do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know youâ€™re going to finish one story. Because itâ€™s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work youâ€™re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, itâ€™s gonna takeÂ you a whileâ€”itâ€™s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?