Ira Glass on how to be successful in a creative field.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Ira Glass is a personal hero of mine. I am completely obsessed with This American Life, and as a writer, I strive constantly to imitate his interviewing style. I think he’s funny and engaging and so good at what he does—which is why it’s a complete surprise to hear him say that he “took longer than anybody [he’s] ever met” to create the kind of work he wanted to make. His advice for beginners (animated above by David Shiyang Liu) is exactly what I’ve been waiting to hear. I’ve been frustrated with my own work lately, feeling stagnant and as though I would never get to where I want to be. But Ira once felt that way too! I find this immensely comforting.

{Via the fantastic website Brainpickings}