Kill Your Darlings

This applies to so many things in life. Kill your darlings.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Brian Reed, from This American Life, ended with a profoundly insightful statement.

It’s so much harder to drag something mediocre over the finishing line than to make something great. Killing is the secret source of getting things to be good.

The interview was aroundĀ the instant hit podcast, “S-Town”. Most of it is about the podcast itself and the compelling personĀ at its center, but the true insight comes at the end when Brian Reed describes the recipe for obtaining the best out of podcasts, and life. Kill the mediocre. Kill it without remorse. Get rid of it. It’s just baggage that will prevent you from crossing the finish line.