It’s okay to suck for a while.

Here’s one of my all-time favorite quotes about creativity (it’s by Ira Glass, creator of This American Life):

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.

Recently, a responder on Reddit pointed me toward this awesome webcomic. I’m going to post it here, but click through and visit the creator’s site to show him some love (he’s got good stuff there, and anything Zen automatically gets close to my heart).