Who Knows?

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There is so much going on right now. For the first few weeks of the year, my family and I struggled  through various illnesses. First, I got something that was kinda like the flu, then I got pink eye from my kids and then I got strep throat. We had a scare when it came to a health related issue with my wife (fortunately, things are not as critical as was first indicated). We got a notice from our landlord stating that they were not going to renew our lease and that we have to move out by March 31st. At the beginning of the year I was also beginning to look into other opportunities for work (I follow up on this in a post in the near future). After several interviews and pilot projects with various companies, I accepted a job offer at EdgeCast in Santa Monica and I start next week on February, 24th. To avoid a crazy commute, we have been looking pretty diligently for a new place to live in the last couple weeks and we still haven't found anything.

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This is a crazy time and there is so many big things happening right now. Of course I don't know what the solutions will be for many of the obstacles ahead, but if sanity is at all important, I have to actively believe there is only One who truly knows.

Creative Endeavor

What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me... is that 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, and 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 it’s 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