There have been far too many occasions in the past where I've been holding back from either starting a project or completing it. I would start procrastinating, finding different reasons and excuses to do anything but the project at hand. This mostly came down to the fact that I was unhappy with the work I was producing. I wanted my work to look like the stuff I saw on Instagram or Fstoppers, however, no practice no progress. Fortunately, for the most part, I have been able to remedy that mentality, although the feeling does creep up from time to time.
Many times, looking at other creatives work can be disheartening, and it can start a whole line of self-doubting questions. I may not ever create absolutely perfect work that I'm genuinely happy to release, however that may not be a bad thing. In his latest video, Peter McKinnon talks about how trying to create perfect work may not be the best idea. As he says quite often, "Done is better than perfect." In general, you tend to learn more from your losses than you do from when you win. It may be cliche, but it's still very true. Too long I, and I'm sure many other creatives, have been crippled by this need to create incredible life fulfilling work as opposed to simply creating work. Losing is perfectly fine; it's an opportunity to learn and develop those skills. Of course, there is a balance and finding that line might be difficult, but I hope this video helps motivate you to create new content, start that project, or finish whatever it is you're currently working on
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