The Beginner’s Problem with Expectation and Reality

Why New Creators Must Begin Right Away - The Taste Gap and the 1% Magic

Ira Glass gave an excellent quote a few years ago — on creative work by beginners. And I believe it also applies to those who are building their business with No-Code tools.


To paraphrase:

“Nobody tells beginners — that all those who do creative work get into it because we have good taste. 


But there is a gap. A gap between your taste and your work. In the first couple of years, the stuff you’re making won’t be as good as you would like it to be.  


A lot of people never get past that and then — they quit.


The most important thing is to do a lot of work, just a huge volume of work. And the quality of work will catch up and close that gap.”


Ira Glass’s words are inspirational. The words are true for creatives and true for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs can read all the business books in the world but that’s all theory. We need the other half: the execution.


The execution is the toughest part since there is so much unknown. There are no answers for your specific problems. This is where you need to learn how to deal with the problems either analytically and instinctively.


Sometimes you have enough information and so it is easy. But sometimes you don’t have enough information to go forward. So what do you do? You’ll need to do what feels right. With whatever experience and intuition you have, keep moving forward.


When making the above decision, be aware of your risks too. Manage your risks well. Don’t make a fatal risk. Don’t take a risk that wipes you out in one go. Because that is dumb and you’re not dumb. Take smaller risks and fight another day.


Adding on to Ira Glass’s point — you must also keep a consistent rate of improvement. Much has been written about the 1% improvement. And the reason is because it works.


Say you want to improve yourself about 1% each day. What happens after a year? You’ve improved yourself up to 37 times. 


That’s incredible, right? How is it possible? It works the same as compounding interest. See the picture below:


The difference between 1% gain and 1% worse each day.


It’s amazing what compounding knowledge does. What it doesn’t take into account is that you’d be able to make fascinating connections between the things you’ve learned. And that’s when the magic happens. You’ll be able to give an insight very VERY few people in the world have.


So, in conclusion, start right away and improve along the way. That’s the only way to move forward. And keep gaining knowledge or learn from your mistakes every day — even at a 1% rate.


Thanks for reading and contact me on Twitter if you have any questions. (twitter.com/LuqmanZA)


Luqman Z.A.

Resources:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/ira-glass-success-daniel-sax/

https://jamesclear.com/continuous-improvement

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Hi! I'm Luqman Z.A. I love reading on self-improvement, self-care and business. I also love world literature (One Hundred Years of Solitude is hands-down the best work of fiction). I'm also a certified Chartered Accountant.

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