Like Water by john cheng

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
— Bruce Lee

What Nobody Tells Beginners - Ira Glass by john cheng

I've posted this quote several times over and over and I do it because it's a great reminder to me and to everyone who wants to do something. It takes a while to get good at something. Remember that you have the taste, so you just have to keep working at it and do more of it. If its bad, so what? What did you learn from it? Now go and do more and do better.

Bottom line, don't give up just because the end product doesn't turn out the way you think it should. The gap between your taste and your skill will eventually close. Keep on making!

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

Colors by john cheng

— unknown

"Ten men, ten colors"

To each his own. 

We are all different individuals and have different strengths and weaknesses, so why compare yourself against others? Your reference point should be yourself and not what the next person is doing.

Keep on bettering yourself and become the best version of yourself each and every day.