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August 31 · Issue #118 · View online
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Hello there,
Time spent learning is not equal. I’m learning web development. But keep repeating the same mistake. What it is? Thinking reading is the same as practicing. It’s not. I’m wrong. Reading can give you a head start. But when you work, you notice… information or even knowledge… is not the same as skill.
I don’t expect to get good at playing guitar from reading books. So why is it easy to forget this for other skills?
Hit reply if you’ve run into a similar situation.
Anyway, I’m keeping this quote in mind and just continue practicing 🚂
“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. (…) 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
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