I find this so true. In all realms, we get into our chosen work because we have seen an inspiring example. Ira Glass reminds us that it's okay for us to produce work that is not so inspiring, and that, in fact, our ability to recognize the sometimes crappyness of our own work (whoa--that's a bad sentence! whoa--my hips are not even!) is actually a good thing.
If we didn't know that there was a gap between the junk we produce on a day-to-day and the work we aspire to, that would mean we'd lost the good taste and good sense that brought us to the work to begin with!
Thanks to Kerry Ann for turning me on to this video!
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