It’s not a weekday. Nor is it 6 a.m. Therefore, we don’t have to do anything today.
However, it’s a good day to sit back, listen to words of wisdom from someone who has been there, done that and learned a few things. This week’s words come from Neil Gaiman, award-winning author of novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films.
1. Alternative to making a conventional career plan (for the brave): Making a list of everything you want to accomplish in life and working down the list.
2. You learn by doing. You get better not by thinking through but by doing. Writers get better by writing. Artists get better by making art. So, start now.
3. Make good art. No matter what.
4. Do what only you can do. Your voice, your art, your vision. You know you’re getting close when it makes you feel vulnerable, as if you’re walking out naked, showing too much of yourself.
5. People get hired because they get hired. However to stay hired, you need 3 things:
- doing good work
- being easy to get along with
- delivering the work on time.
6. In reality, you don’t even need all three. 2 out of 3 is fine.
7. You’ll find that the harder and wiser you work, the luckier you’ll get. But Luck does exist.
8. How to do something you think will be difficult to do: Don’t pretend to do it but, pretend to be someone who could do it.
9. “Be wise for the world needs more wisdom. If you can’t be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and behave as they would.”
10. Make interesting mistakes. Leave the world more interesting for you having been here
I though I’d heard the “make good art” part of the speech somewhere else before. Then, I remembered that Gavin from Zen Pencils had turned that part of the speech into a comic strip. A very awesome comic strip.