I don’t usually quote a whole article on the site, but this one needs to be read in full. Josh Long has written something that I’ve always wanted to write about. Struggling with creating when all you do is consume content and admire everyone else. Josh wrote this exquisitely and conveys everything that I was thinking. Here’s his piece (I still encourage you to visit his site) :
I have a lot of heroes. So many people that I see online impress me with great work, thoughts, and creativity every single day.
So much so that I spend more time in admiration and thought than I do in creation. This is backwards and unproductive to say the least.
I think it’s a good thing to study and admire the work of others, but I think it’s counter-productive to have heroes. I say “Kill Your Heroes”. The people that we look up to are no different than we are. They still wake every morning with their own routine and their own ambitions for the day. They have the same fears, challenges, set backs, and epiphanies.
The difference is that they ship. Even if it’s something incremental, the people that we admire ship some form of work almost daily. They write, code, build, make, paint, draft, and anything else related to producing something of note.
The irony of all of it is, that once you start to be known as someone that makes, ships, and creates, your heroes will eventually come to you.
If you have no body of work there is nothing more than the potential discussions of one-way flattery.
Build something great.
Then you’ll have something to bring to the discussion.
Kill your heroes. Their work is great but it’s no more than you’re capable of.