The results you deserve will follow from the quality of your execution.
Interesting link from John Gruber of Daring Fireball yesterday. It was to this Twitter thread by Christopher McQuarrie, a film writer and director. The whole thread has gems, especially if you’re interested in filmmaking, but the core concepts resonate outside that field.
If you want to hear another take on McQuarrie’s work ethic and philosophy, Movies with Mikey covers it in their video on the Mission: Impossible franchise, touching on many of the same themes of trial and error, and how execution is paramount.
Gruber connected it to coaching advice from Nick Saban, and then summarized it all so succintly: “The results you deserve will follow from the quality of your execution.”
I really like that mindset. It can apply to all of the work I do: design, development, art, writing. What’s important is that this mindset puts no judgement or any expectations on the quality of your execution. That will inevitably change over time. Lower quality results are to be expected at the start, when you’re less skilled at the execution. Only with practice, and time, will your execution get higher and so too your results.
Deserve might be a bit of a loaded term here, but only if you conflate “results” with “recognition”. A thing can be high quality and receive little to no acclaim. Meanwhile, popularity alone is far from a halmart of quality.
via Daring Fireball