When your art fails, make better art.
That’s a quote from Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception.
If you have any aspirations that involve creating content or work that you want to put out there (which covers nearly every entrepreneurial soul, writer, inventor, programmer, musicians and all creative types), it’s a good book to read.
What really spoke to me about that quote was the simple way it stresses a really important point: that success takes work.
It’s the same as the “if you fail try try again” maxim, but also embodies the importance of practice.
Here’s what usually happens with most people: they create something – be it an invention, a piece of art or music, an app or software, a website, an article, a book, photographs, etc etc – and the first iteration of it doesn’t get any traction.
It doesn’t get much attention.
They don’t become overnight celebrities, their work doesn’t become best sellers.
Few people, if any, check it out or notice.
And that can be deflating.
So what’s the usual response? They give up.
But here’s the irony: you are never going to go anywhere if you give up after the first setback.
If it was that easy, if success was guaranteed the very first time you try something, then everyone would be doing it!
There’s a reason why Picasso is Picasso, Edison is Edison, Henry Ford is Henry Ford, Elon Musk is Elon Musk, and so on.
The people right at the top – people who are celebrated and revered and respected – are not there just because they are talented, but also (and mainly) because they refused to give up.
When you’re creating something, it is extremely unlikely that your first version, your first work, will be your best.
That it will be a runaway success.
And that’s ok.
The more you do it, the better you will get at it, and the better your work will get.
Practice really does make you better.
If the work you want to put out there is something you truly believe in, then don’t give up if you don’t get any support or acceptance the first time.
Use that as a learning experience.
Learn what you can do better.
Then use that knowledge to get better.
Your work is important.
It has value.
You have value.
So keep at it.