Steve Jobs: "Real artists ship."

February 2nd, 2010

Following up my post On Doing Things… (and as Seth reminded me in this podcast) I wanted to share a great Steve Jobs quote: “real artists ship”.

That is there is a huge void between the ‘we tried’ and ‘we shipped’.  If you don’t ship you don’t get anything.

If you do ship then that is vastly different.

Listen to the podcast and think about it.

Plumbers don’t get Plumbers Block but writers get writers block? It really is just a battle of the mind.

Your mind says no but you need to push through.

That’s why the latter option mentioned in my previous post of “Get it out the door asap 80% done.  For you will make mistakes anyway.  Best get first one out the door so the second, third, fourth are even better.” works best when you’re doing something new, different, innovative… ie worth doing.

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2 Responses to “Steve Jobs: "Real artists ship."”

  1. Shipping (A Seth Godin-ism) « Goins, Writer Says:

    […] concept is simple and is derived, I think, from the following Steve Jobs quote: “Real artists ship.” Ever since I heard Godin use the term in a video on creativity and productivity, I loved […]

  2. Courage to Ship - Leading From The Heart Says:

    […] favorite writers and he’s popularized this term “shipping,” which many claim originated with Steve Jobs.  Shipping means to actually do something, not just to have ideas and daydreams about doing […]

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