Just Start

Simon Kuper on the difference between artists and people would say they want to be artists:

Over evening beers many years ago, a housemate unfolded his career plans to me. He was going to remain an estate agent until he “hit his number”. Then he would finally pursue his vocation and become a film producer. He never did, of course, but this type of fantasy is common among us wage earners, especially in early September when the daily grind restarts. Now we are “working for the man”, but one day we will make movies, set up an organic prune company, or finally write that novel.

It’s clich√© but true—the most important thing is just starting. I don’t care if it’s fitness or art or writing. Just start. It’s most likely going to be crappy, but eventually the crappy phase will pass and you’ll get better.