Don’t Give Up

Creativity is hard work. Actually, work, life, everything is hard work.

For every 100 good ideas that you put up, you’ll be lucky to see one take root.

For every “yes” that you get, there’ll be dozens of “nos”.

And for every spark you ignite in others, there’ll be whole audiences of blank faces.

Remember, too, it all takes time.

Effort.

Resistance to the resistance.

But your time will come.

If you hold tight.

Push through that last mile of indifference.

And self-defeat.

Learn.

Be humble.

And generous too.

But most of all.

Don’t give.

Up.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Inspired by Stan.

Comments

  1. I read this Ira Glass quote earlier today! Food for thought for my creative Tiny Letter tomorrow. How about that :)

    • Gavin Heaton says:

      It’s funny, I saw this on Stan’s website and felt it needed a response. I’m working on a project with young creatives at Vibewire at the moment and it really resonated. It’s important to remind people to be tenacious.

      • Yes, tenacity, resilience, determination are traits I admire as much as humility, generosity and gratitude. (As I think you noted above!)

  2. Hey Gavin, Your message is so relevant. But what I really like is that last sentence, “It’s important to remind people to be tenacious.” For those of us in a position to help others, especially younger folks, simply (or maybe not so simply :-) reinforcing and supporting tenacity has the potential to produce exponential positive outcomes.

    • Gavin Heaton says:

      Thanks Dave … Ira Glass’ statement about giving up just on the brink of success really resonated with me. Sometimes it only takes a moment’s extra effort.

  3. Wow … this post is exactly what I needed to read right now … as the saying goes … “when the student is ready … the teacher appears!”

    Thanks for this excellent post

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