Fang Talks

That's cool and all, but how many planets does your software run on?
06 04 14

“I suck”

And you know what, that’s actually a good thing!

So I just tried to write a little scrap, just something pointless, made from nothing. I couldn’t. What little came out was garbage rambling, nothing worth saving. But this reminded me of why hating your own work is good. It indicates you still have good taste.
When you just get into something chances are you want to make that perfect piece, write that perfect story or design that perfect game. But you can’t, because you’re just a beginner, and there’s still so much to learn. Gradually, you grow better. People praise your work, they think you’re a genius, but you still have trouble accepting the good in your creations.

Not taking profuse modesty into account, this means you have (subjectively) good taste, and constantly looking at your own work hasn’t messed with that. You still have a target to shoot for (or can accept missing, but at least having shot), and know you can improve yourself further. You haven’t lost sight of what you wanted, liked. Years of practice hasn’t interfered with your creative vision. And that’s great!

Don’t take it too far though. I’m not one to encourage a “good enough” mentality, but don’t beat yourself up over not reaching your own standards. Don’t get too hard on yourself. Hell, I think it’s actually pretty rare for people to become 100% content with what they’ve made. You’ll always notice that one little flaw, that one tiny imperfection that keeps it from being what you want it to.

But that’s okay. It’s okay to suck, as long as you know you do.
~ Fang


  • 08/04/2014 (10:58 AM)

    Steve Jobs was highly critical of his products. We may have not had the smartphone of today if he was a “good enough” kind of guy.

  • 07/04/2014 (4:18 PM)

    This is 100% true. No matter how good a writer you are, you’ll still always occasionally write some crap. It happens. The bad writers, meanwhile, are the ones who think everything they churn out is gold. Avoid those like the plague.

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