Jay Smooth has a new video up. As usual, it’s excellent. Unusually, it’s also a bit personally painful to watch.
There are some people, I think, who never have this problem, who never see the urge to be better get in the way of producing solid work. I doubt they get much better at what they’re doing.
I think there are more of us who just push through, like Smooth is doing here, and do what they need to do regardless of the doubt. Sometimes we’re able to get past it, look back at what we did, and thumb our noses at those internal haters. Sometimes we take the risk of putting our work and ourselves out there even as we hear those voices, because that’s just what it means to strive and create.
A lot of us, of course, get overwhelmed by the voices, whether all the time or just occasionally when our energy or risk tolerance is low. We stop what we were doing or don’t do what we want to try because we don’t want to risk proving the haters right.
Next time that happens to you, though, watch the video. Realize that it happens to people like Jay Smooth too. Then see what he produces even with those haters banging on the inside of his head. Is it not worth taking the risk?