Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My take aways from Neil Gaiman's speech Part 1

I found out about his commencement speech from Tim Ferris' blog, I searched for the transcript and found it here.

This is one of my favorite speeches. All the things he said resonated with me. I was listening and trying to write my favorite quotes from that speech so I can tweet them. It felt like I was writing the whole transcript lolz, most of the things he said are quotable.

Here are my thoughts on what he said:
I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more - See more at: http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012#sthash.Q0v68h3U.dpuf

"I became a better writer the more I wrote and I wrote some more."

I want to be a good writer and I'm scared of people criticizing my work. I have to face that fear and just write what I want because in time and probably with constructive criticisms or feedbacks, I would become a better writer. I love writing and would love to share it to the world, but the thought of people disagreeing with me or not liking my work, scare me, I'm such a people pleaser and so I just have to remember the quote from Bill Cosby: key to failure is trying to please everybody. I know that the only one I have to please is God, but I also want to make my parents proud of me lolz, which I know maybe too late, but I still want to give them honor through what I hope to achieve in the coming years.

I don't know why but I really am optimistic. I just have to be like this frog and not listen to negative comments or opinions around me. Most people here just accept old age and the ailments it brings. Most people think that they won't be able to achieve anything anymore since they're over the age of 30-80... One of my goals is to be a fit 120 yr old (God-willing I get to live until that age) and be one of the movers and shakers in my country (of course on the way towards that I would already be helping my family and all my relatives financially).

I am really ambitious but that is only secondary to the ultimate goal of going to heaven when I die. I have high goals but I don't know how I'm going to achieve them. I have to get over my self-doubt. Maybe start with small wins then build on from that. Just take actions and get over my fear of failure. Actually, I don't see myself yet achieving my dreams, I mean how do I get from A to B? Plan it and take actions.

The nearest thing I had (to a career plan) was a list I made when I was 15 of everything I wanted to do… I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.
I wrote down my list. Lots of things I want to do, but I want to share them here.
  1. Have a blog that has 1,000 unique visitors per day (also earns me $ while making readers' lives better... I have yet to find out how to do this)
  2. Have my own TNC branch/franchise. (and other assets that I won't list here)
  3. Travel to the Holy Land. 
  4. Have 21 bitcoins saved up 
  5. Travel to Vatican 
  6. Have a financial course and lending system for my all my relatives.
  7. Help my mom start a charity for the community where we are living. 
I have other goals like learning to speak Japanese, mandarin and korean, learn how to play the piano, climb a mountain one time, meet bitcoin devs in person, get married in one of the churches in the Vatican, meet my favorite Catholic apologists in person, go to Alan Walker's concert, meet my favorite motivational speakers in person, go to 50 beaches in the Philippines, go to 50 beaches in the world, go to Disneyland, London, etc. But, for now I want to concentrate on the first one lolz.
When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.
This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can.
I love the thought of doing the impossible, but I think subconsciously I have a limited mindset. I know I want to achieve something but I don't actually believe I can until I see someone else do it. I should take on the advice of Neil Gaiman and go beyond the bounds of the possible.

That's why I love watching our pinoy dota team TNC Pro Team trying to achieve something that no pinoy team have ever done before... get the aegis, win The International. That team inspire me, however they have not yet achieved their dream. I love being able to see their journey towards achieving their ultimate dream. For now, maybe to motivate me more I will have to watch/listen/read/be with people who have achieved what they want or maybe I should just remember the story of the man who broke the 4 minute mark, Roger Bannister.

 I know that Neil was talking about the arts but it can also be applied to other areas in life.


I will write the next part of my thoughts on his speech in the next few weeks.
If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that. - See more at: http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012#sthash.Q0v68h3U.dpuf

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