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By: Eden Hensley; Photo by: Kelly Smith for Alt Summit

Creatives dream big. Making those dreams come true is often the challenge. The culprits? Creative Perfectionism. Perseverance. Or more specifically, the gap between our taste and the work we produce.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. … 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. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.
“[I]f you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is a lot of work.” – Ira Glass, “The Gap

So how do you get past the gap? How do you keep going when your work doesn’t match your expectations?

Let’s Chat

Join us Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 9AM PST/12PM EST/4PM GMT on Twitter to chat about strategies and techniques for overcoming roadblocks and managing creative perfectionism. We’ll be talking about what we’ve found that works and what we’ve tried that didn’t.  

New to Twitter chats? Check out this post for a few tips on how to join a Twitter chat.

Got an Idea for a Future Chat?

In the queue for upcoming chats, we have Newsletters: Building Your Subscriber List; Community: Creating Online and Offline; Media Kits; Is Doing It All the New Having It All; Living a Creative Life; Doing More of What You Like; and Collaborating for Mutual Success.

Think we should be talking about something else? Send me an email.

Go Deeper: More Resources

Want to dig deeper into ways you can manage creative perfectionism and hone your craft? Here are some resources from the archives:

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.