Many times when I’m working on a video or project I ask myself questions like “Why am I doing this?” and “Will anyone want to watch this? Do I even want to watch this?” Questions like these can be discouraging, especially if the answers turn out to be “I don’t know” or “no.” A few months ago, in the middle of this process of questioning myself, I found this video. In it, creator Jake Roper (Vsauce3) expresses what happens during his creation process and how he gets past the feeling of a video not being “good enough” in his eyes. It is encouraging to see that other creators go through some of the same struggles and thoughts, and seeing how they get through that process can be very helpful.
Failure can often be a self-imposed feeling, especially for creators. It is easy to fall into feeling as if you have failed yourself or an audience by not making something good enough for them or for your standards. To this, Jake responds,
“These perceived failures don’t define you; it’s only when you decide you’re a failure that you have failed.”
This quote really resonates with me. Failures can be seen as part of a creative process, but they don’t define who the creator is or what they are creating. I think it’s important to remember this when making anything, whether you are a video creator, an author, a musician, or any other sort of creator.