In Business | At the Office : “the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work” —Ira Glass


Photography by Bryan Derballa

I AM SOMEWHAT OF A PERFECTIONIST and prone to dissatisfaction with my own work until it’s perfect or as close to perfection as possible. Last week, while having coffee with a colleague (who also happens to be a very talented jeweller) at a favourite café, we talked about the evolution of work and the process of how work improves over time, and it reminded me of this wonderful quote on the topic by Ira Glass . . .

Photography by Bryan Derballa

“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

Photography by Bryan Derballa

{p.s.} This article is the first in a new series about business matters called IN BUSINESS xR.
Photography by Bryan Derballa

[images : Photography by Bryan Derballa via Habitually Chic]

6 Notes
  • Thank you for this quotation : so true ! At the beginning, it’s always below one’s expectations… but time after time, it improves slowly in the right direction. As long as we are honest in our work, others can feel it.

    Sabine – ARTS DE LA MAISON
    (Running my own company for a bit more than one year by now)

  • This is wonderful…

  • So happy about this new business series. I love Ira Glass and I love his quote.
    I follow his advice by continuing to work on my craft (photography) every day.
    xoxo, m.

  • Love the quote and looking forward to this new series ! Thank you for sharing ! Kind Regards, Linda

  • This was exactly what I needed to read today, Roseline. Your images always speak to me, even before I started my own blog. The quote just resonates with the early stages of creativity, and stepping out to take a leap. I’m on a holiday, trying to recharge my creative energy and this is the best inspiration. I’ll look forward to your new series!
    Heather – Stylemindchic Lifestyle

  • Courtney said...

    Brilliant series idea, and a great post to kick it off! I too find myself baulking at producing anything less than satisfactory. Thanks for the continued inspiration – I know it’s seriously hard work.

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