Maybe you know how this goes:

You start out on a new project full of enthusiasm and ideas.


But at the end of a hard day's work, you look over your accomplishments with a growing sense of dismay.

And you become filled with disgust at the terrible gap between what you wanted to do and what you've actually done.

The pain can be profound.

A lot of people never make it past this point. Especially in a world constantly on the lookout for "young talent," the failure of a first (or even second, third, and fourth) attempt can be immensely discouraging.

But hold on. Here are three rules to stay out of that trap of "perfect on the first draft."

Rule #1: Be nice. Forgive yourself for your early work.

Rule #2: Don't rush. Do a little each day. Keep a timetable and stick to it.


Rule #3: Don't judge yourself. Just keep going.

Eventually, your talents just might catch up with your tastes.

Bottom line: You'll never know if you don't try.

Words of wisdom for creative people.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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