Everyone Starts Somewhere

So, this is where I’m starting. With these words. It seems you never see where people start. When I discover great writers, thought leaders, or influencers, it’s obvious that they’re great. Their work speaks for itself and their audience backs them up, but, how did they get there? Where did they come from? Were they always this great?

While I do believe that some people have natural talent, what I believe more is that through starting, creating, and persisting you become great. Ira Glass touched on this in a series on story telling:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or 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. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. —Ira Glass

I admit I’m early in my stage of closing the gap. My work, my writing and my thoughts are not living up to my ambitions. But, I am determined to carry on and continue to write for those of you who have made it this far down the page. I’ll continue to get better, to learn more, create, write, share my thoughts, and surround my self with people who are better than me, so that one day I can come to the point where my work meets my ambitions. To where others ask, “Where did he come from? How did he get here?” Then I can direct them to this post.