You Know You're Not Great. Keep Going.

I think this insight from Ira Glass on why people give up on storytelling is so relevant to the experience of many beginning attorneys and attorneys who are struggling to start their own practices. We see others doing it. We recognize excellence. We know who the "masters" are and know that we are not masterful. 

The impulse when faced with your own clumsiness and inexperience is toward self-deprecation and despair. In this two-minute pep talk, Ira Glass tells us to keep going. The only way to become a master is to keep working. One reason I love being a solo attorney is that I have no choice but to keep working, keep moving forward, even (especially) when my skills fall short of my taste.