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Sprezzatura vs. Scratching and Clawing Forwards

You know, there is a general rule that applies to being successful at anything. It is, "Make things look easy."

It's been remarked upon many times, by many great and talented people through history.

Probably the best explanation of sprezzatura I've seen comes from Derek Sivers -

http://sivers.org/sprezzatura

“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word that means “to hide conscious effort and appear to accomplish difficult actions with casual nonchalance.”

Judging The Quality Of Your Own Work

On No Status Quo

I'm terrible at judging the quality of my own work.

I've almost deleted some of my best blog posts, thinking that they weren't good enough. I was ashamed to publish them, and I only did it to push myself to write better next time.

Guess what? Some of these posts, like this one that Tynan reposted to his community, turned out to be very good.

I've also noticed the same with photos I share on Instagram. Here, the quality (or the popular appeal) of a photo can roughly be judged by the number of likes and comments that a photo gets.

Over the past year I've uploaded over a hundred photos to Instagram... and I'm still struggling to see which ones will be well received. I'm almost ashamed to say this since I also give advice on how to take better photos with the iPhone.

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