Ira Glass’s “The Gap” Interview is the One Advice Every Creative Needs to Hear

The Gap

The Gap by Ira Glass is a profound inspirational quote captured from an interview with the broadcaster made in 2009 on the topic of storytelling and creative work, where he talks about filling up the gap in our lives to reach our goals.

The visual interpretation of Glass’ motivational words was put together in this attractive video by Vimeo user Frohlocke and is proofed to be a great hit on social media websites.

Here is a transcription of Ira Glass quote:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me…is that 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, and 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 it’s 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 that.”

Ira’s speech gives wings to dreams as it explains quite simply what many go through life without understanding. That you should always believe in your taste and keep going to close the gap and reach your destination.

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