I needed a little dose of inspiration this week. If you were hoping for sarcasm please try back soon.
1) I went against a lot of advice in order to A) go to an art’s school for college and B) move across the country to pursue my career. Even though things have definitely NOT turned out exactly like I had planned when I was 22, I sleep well at night knowing that my choices, for me, were the correct ones. Quotes like this help a lot:
Even if it’s only as a hobby, I think everyone should go into the arts.
2) This a post from Seth Godin’s blog that I am totally stealing. If you don’t know who he is, subscribe to his site now. For reals.
Out on a limb
That’s where artists do their work.
Not in the safe places, but out there, in a place where they might fail, where it might end badly, where connections might be lost, sensibilities might be offended, jokes might not be gotten.
If you work with artists, don’t saw off the limb. Don’t waste a lot of time explaining how dangerous it is, either. No, your job is to quietly support the limb at the same time you egg your team on, pushing them ever further out there.
4) I have been debating some upcoming decisions that need to be made with my life, and the common denominator is that all of them involve a level of fear. I am afraid of making the “wrong” choice, of failing, of things not working out how I want. And that is why I need to have this painted on my ceiling:
Seriously, I need to remember this every day before I face the world.
5) If you haven’t seen the full version of the last lecture by Randy Pausch, you should make time for it in the near future. Describing it as “inspirational” doesn’t really do it justice. You’ll cry, laugh, and want to conquer the world after you watch it. To see some of the highlights, here’s a summary he did on Oprah: