Launching is exciting. But once the thing is out there and the work begins, the reality of all the things that need to get done starts to set in.
The work lies ahead: the day-to-day work that must be done over the course of years to get you to where you want to be, well, years from now. This doesn't happen with a snap of the fingers but with an ongoing, daily commitment to practice.
Take it from a few people who have been there:
"The most important thing you can do is to do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline." (It took Ira Glass a while. Longer than any creative person he knows.)
Jerry Seinfeld wrote every day. And for every day that he wrote, he marked an X on his calendar. After a few days, the x's added up. He loved seeing those x's. He didn't want to break the chain of x's. He kept going. He kept writing. (As told on Grace Bonney's After the Jump)
And, after you do your work, show your work. "Share something small everyday because "crafting something is a long, uncertain process." (Austin Kleon)
It's not glamorous. It's not instantaneous. It's not an overnight success story. It's the work we have to do every day, or else.
Do it. Share it. Repeat.
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