Ira Glass on the Creative Process

In my last weekend edition I shared this link. Some of you might have watched it already but I also know that not everyone checks out each link - who has the time? This video is only 2 minutes and it is so encouraging to me. It describes much of what I've gone through creatively the past couple years.

If you are in a new creative zone - just starting photography, a new blog, learning how to knit, writing and launching your first e-book (that would be me) - you will identify with Ira's words. You will take comfort in his words. I know I have.

Thanks Kathie at Two Frog Home for sharing the link on her own blog, where I first saw this.

I'd love to hear if you can relate to Ira's words and have experienced this in your own creative journey. Please do share in the comments.

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  • debra

    debra on March 1, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

    YES! i get that. i am the one who tries something that i have a vision for and when it doesn't match up to my incredible vision...i get so low and often just walk away. it's great advice that it takes volumes of work to actually get to that vision... i love ira glass. thanks for sharing that!


  • Kika@embracingimperfection

    Kika@embracingimperfection on March 1, 2012, 4:01 p.m.

    My own creative journey is only just beginning so I can't relate in that sense. However, this clip reminded me of a book by Malcom Gladwell that I read many years back. He wrote about the difference between the 'mediocre' in a field and those who rise to the top and the difference was something like 10,000 hours of work. I have discussed this often with my kids - that it is time and practice that really makes the difference, not just "being born with it" or timing or whatever. When we want something we must choose to apply ourselves to it and keep growing little by little and over time we can become masters at our art! (I have applied this concept to my life as mom and home manager, by the way).


    • renee

      renee on March 1, 2012, 4:35 p.m.

      That's the book Outliers and I loved that book and has given me a lot of direction in our homeschooling. My children need lots of time to gain mastery at something, so do I.


  • Jacinda

    Jacinda on March 1, 2012, 6:40 p.m.

    I loved this clip. It reminds me to put aside the judgement and keep going. The girls learning to play the piano has been great at demonstrating this. Also I always make sure to tell visitors to the community garden we go to weekly that I'm wasn't born a great food producer, I have just done it each season for years. You learn things by putting in the hours. Parenting, writing, taking photos...the list goes on.Thanks for the link.


  • Becky @ Sowing Little Seeds

    Becky @ Sowing Little Seeds on March 2, 2012, 1:47 a.m.

    I can relate in that I am in the beginning right now and I know my work is not so hot. LOL. But I am enjoying myself and I keep trying. I think even if I never get better I will keep working at it until it is no longer enjoyable.


  • sara

    sara on March 3, 2012, 3:29 p.m.

    Wow! I really loved this clip. It was something that I never heard before and something I never thought of. I have been being led to express myself creatively in new forms that I never really saw myself as being creative in. I have dabbled just a bit, and it is so true that the product is just a fraction of my vision/ambition, so it is good to hear the advice to just keep pushing through it. It does not mean that it is not my calling to do this thing just b/c the work is not matching up with the ambition. I think the message is very timely for me. One area I can see this concept acting out in my life is in my yoga practice. I have been practicing for years and have went through teacher certification, etc. But for the past several years (and it might just be because I have been having babies and your body goes through a lot with that), I reached some kind of barrier or plateau where I was just not moving forward with it in the way I would have dreamed. I recently started a new Christ centered yoga teacher training program (Holy Yoga). Putting Christ in the center of my practice has been a phenomenal experience. One thing I read by Brooke Boone (the founder/creator of Holy Yoga)is that your yoga poses can definitely be an art form. The way you come into them, the way you hold yourself in them, the way you surrender in them, the way you worship God with your whole self in them. What I have learned thus far in my training with Holy Yoga is really changing my yoga practice in the way I was desiring and I feel like I am breaking through to the other side of it where my ambition is reaching my expression through the pose. I don't feel in a stagnant place anymore. So, I could apply what the video clip was saying to that experience.


  • Heather

    Heather on March 6, 2012, 10:41 p.m.

    I finally had some time to watch this last night and it spoke straight to my heart. I'd just been writing in my journal yesterday morning that I need to start writing more, every day if possible, to build up a body of writing and to get better and more confident. Don't you love when things come together like that? Thank you universe, and you Renee for posting this.


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