The Bar You Are Setting Is Only In Your Head

Putting your work into the world is going to be uncomfortable.

But sharing something quick and messy is a powerful reflection of how you think. You show a work in progress that is raw and honest and vulnerable.

This takes guts, and invites the world to help you grow.

Your Grade Depends On It

One the first day of class, Jerry Uelsmann, a photography professor at University Florida, divides his students into two groups and explains how each group will receive their final grade.

One group will be graded on the quality of their photos while the second group will be graded on the quantity.

At the end of the semester, when Jerry reviews student work, he always finds the higher quality photos belong to the students graded on quantity.

Perfection is the enemy of progress.

You win with momentum, not trying to take big leaps from where you are starting from.

Smallify Your Output.

To share your ideas quickly and clearly, ask how you can “smallify” the output.

A book can smallify to an outline which can smallify to a single chapter, which can smallify to a rough draft, which can smallify to a bullet list composed in 10 minutes.

For example, take a look at some hand-drawn images I use to tell stories. I use a sharpie on printer paper then take a photo with my phone. Easy peasy.

Smallifying helps you move quickly. When you move quickly, you can make more stuff. And the more you make, the better the chance your quality improves.

Now go be messy.

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