What gets you into a creative field is having really good taste. When starting out, you’ll often be disappointed because what you create doesn’t match your taste. The gap is why people give up on creative endeavors.
The way Ira Glass describes the taste gap perfectly matches the feeling I get when starting something new or trying to acquire new skills. I spend considerable time refining my taste and judgment which pushes the goal posts out a bit further. The gap is what makes me grow, but I have to be willing to be bad for awhile.
- Taste is the refined sense of judgement and finding balance that produces a pleasing and integrated whole
- Good taste must exist because good artists exist
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