Steven Pressfield, author of the excellent The War Of Art, talks about resistance being the enemy of creativity. According to Pressfield, resistance is anything that stops us doing what we want to do. In short, resistance is an excuse.
One of my favourite excuses is that what I want to do won’t be good enough. Why would I ever write when my best sentence won’t be as good as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s worst? Why would I record interviews when Radiolab exists? Ironically, and I’m not sure what this says about me, but I played sports badly for most of my life and enjoyed every second of it. It never bothered me that my best pass would never be as accurate as Xavi’s worst.
In the above animation Ira Glass, host of the brilliant This American Life, tells us the secret to creating great work. The secret, predictably, is that there is no secret. Start before you’re ready. Set yourself deadlines. Do lots of work until some of it is good. You close the gap between the great work that you love and the average work that you produce by doing tonnes of work. That’s the only shortcut, and like many of my favourite shortcuts it’s not shorter but at least you keep moving forward. DaveFollow @InspirePod