Nobody cares about the first 199 sketches

We often reason that we aren't producing art because the moment of inspiration hasn't "hit."

I watched a documentary about the band "The Who" and in this film, they had a manager who insisted that the band stop trying to write hits and just focus on writing as many songs as they could.

His idea was that if they just created new music, the hits would come from the bulk of music. Sure some, or most, songs would fall by the wayside and never be heard, but from the pool of music that the band created they were able to pick the songs that were best.

They could afford to wait for inspiration. They had to get to work.

For us to take this same approach as artists, we need a certain level of confidence in our abilities. We need to understand that some of the stuff we create isn't going to be incredible, some of it will be downright below average.

When we don't let the fear of creating a piece of artwork that is less than average deter us from making new art, we no longer need this "moment of inspiration" in order to begin creating.

We create and throw away the bad iterations.

The logo designer might make 200 sketches before landing on the "perfect" one. But what if he waited for inspiration to strike and never started sketching.

Nobody cares about the first 199 sketches when the 200th is the masterpiece.

He created the masterpiece by having the confidence (and grit) to continue sketching after the 50th, 100th, and 150th sketches didn't work. He started now and ended up with a masterpiece.

Perfection is boring. The process of getting better is where all the fun is.

Create and refine fearlessly.