Saturday, March 3, 2018

My Takeaways from Neil Gaiman's Speech Part 3

"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art... ...Somebody on the internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art."

**I haven't had a lot of challenging or difficult days for the past few months, but I remember that when I felt down, and I had all these emotions inside... I wrote poems. But, for now, I don't feel down or I don't have any haters, I feel happy and Mr. Gaiman said to make good art on the good days too, so I don't know what I'm going to write lolz. I'll look for inspirations.

"While you're at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do... ...The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you maybe starting to get it right."

**I have to remind myself of this over and over again. lolz

"When I agreed to give this address, I started trying to think what the best advice I'd been given over the years was. And it came from Stephen King twenty years ago, at the height of the success of Sandman... ...and his advice was this: "This is really great. You should enjoy it."

And I didn't. Best advice I got that I ignored. Instead I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story. There wasn't a moment for the next fourteen or fifteen years that I wasn't writing something in my head, or wondering about it. And I didn't stop and look around and go, this is really fun.

I wish I'd enjoyed it more. It's been an amazing ride. But there were parts of the ride I missed, because I was too worried about things going wrong, about what came next, to enjoy the bit I was on. 

That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places."

**I'm going to enjoy this ride towards financial success.


Those are the parts I love from his speech. This is the last part of my blogpost series on Neil Gaiman's speech. You can find my previous posts on this speech below:

part 1
part 2

The complete transcript here.

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