I love this mini-lecture from Ira Glass. He discusses how we artists are often vexed by the gap between the vision we have in our heads and the disappointment we sometimes feel in the final result of our efforts. And he has one simple solution to closing that gap.

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  1. [...] (Update: Ira Glass agrees.) [...]

  2. [...] today Seth Godin and Ira Glass had some words of wisdom I’d like to share with anyone out there considering creating [...]

  3. [...] an added bonus, he talks about some of his earlier work. HT – Hey Whipple via Seth’s blog GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); [...]

  4. Amy says:

    I love this. It reminds me of a bluegrass mandolin course I took. People wanted to know to build up callouses on the fingertips so they weren’t sore. They shared rememdies of soaking them in surgical spirit and wanted to know which was the best. The instructor simply said:

    “Play. A lot”


  5. [...] hey – don’t believe me? Ira Glass says so! [...]

  6. [...] Ira Glass gives an excellent synopsis of why it is difficult to start a creative endeavor. This is a must watch for anyone who wants to write, start a business, or make art. In other words, check it out. [...]

  7. [...] Ira Glass talks about how he started, and Seth Godin covers the topic of writer’s block. LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "1"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Origin", "other"); LD_AddCustomAttr("theme_bg", "f9fbf9"); LD_AddCustomAttr("theme_border", "bebcad"); LD_AddCustomAttr("theme_text", "666666"); LD_AddCustomAttr("theme_link", "5f5f5f"); LD_AddCustomAttr("theme_url", "9f9f9f"); LD_AddCustomAttr("LangId", "1"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Autotag", "technology"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Autotag", "books"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Tag", "life-in-general"); LD_AddSlot("wpcom_below_post"); LD_GetBids(); Share this:EmailFacebookLinkedInStumbleUponTwitterRedditPrintLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]

  8. Kathy D Shields says:

    I plan to share this video with my 5th grade students. Amy also makes an excellent point using the mandolin/ callous metaphor.

  9. [...] Godin recently blogged about why Talker’s Block isn’t a thing. Ira Glass agrees, at least in part. The idea struck a chord with me, it just felt right. In addition, I’m [...]

  10. [...] build up competency, you’ll get their more quickly if you start now. (Worth checking out: in this short interview, NPR’s Ira Glass talks about how he started in the radio journalism business and built up [...]

  11. [...] But so many people simply can’t get started. Or they stop when they’re unhappy with the results.  [...]

  12. [...] today Seth Godin and Ira Glass had some words of wisdom I’d like to share with anyone out there considering creating [...]

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  14. Corky Swanson says:

    Writing is more work than talking, but Godin’s point is well taken. Practicing writing in public offers a way to become as comfortable writing as talking. I might add a consideration that although Godin is correct that talker’s block is rare, with more experience in public writing, people might become more parsimonious with their words in either medium.

  15. […] (Update: Ira Glass agrees.) […]

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