“Make Good Art” – Commencement Speech by Neil Gaiman from 2002
This morning I was listening to Chase Jarvis’ podcast with Tim Ferriss. It was a great podcast episode, you can also watch it on Creative Live . Tim Ferriss mentioned Neil Gaiman’s 2012 commencement speech to the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) graduating class of 2012. I watched it, and decided to share it with you. If you have 20 minutes you can spare, listen to this video. His message is valuable not only to artistic people; many of his ideas could be used by anyone. (Neil Gaiman is a British novelist – American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, etc. You can find many of his books on Amazon.com: Neil Gaiman Books .)
One of my favorite quotes from the speech:
“Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be – an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words – was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal.
And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.”