Many people know Ira Glass’s advice to creative people about overcoming the gap between your abilities and your taste, but just in case you don’t, here’s a Brain Pickings article about it:
I love the advice to do a lot of work to improve your skills, but over the years I’ve found one piece of his advice that doesn’t quite ring true for me (bolding mine):
Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.
In my experience, as I continue to work and learn, my taste improves faster than my skills do. As a result, the gap actually gets bigger, not smaller. I suppose this is a blessing because it means I’ll never be complacent, but dwelling on the gap feels lousy. I guess this is yet another reason to focus on the process and not the goal because the goal posts always move farther away if I’m doing my work correctly.