The Best Commencement Speech All Creative People Should Hear

This is some of the best advice we’ve ever heard from an author. Whether you’re just starting out or neck deep in the game, Neil Gaiman delivers a thought-provoking, actionable, and thoroughly entertaining commencement speech that will have you sharing his wisdom in no time.

This should be mandatory listening for anyone who hopes to be creatively successful.

Here are a few snippets to get you started:

1:58 – When you start out in 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 they know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not. You can test the bounds.

6:17 – I’d do my best, in the future, not to write books for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of and I didn’t get the money, at least I had the work.

6:55 – The things I did because I was excited and wanted to see them exist in reality never let me down. I never regretted the time I spent on any of them.

10:28 – Make good art.

14:14 – [Don’t miss this part]

15:20 – The best advice I ever got and didn’t follow was from Steven King…[also not to be missed]

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Happy Writing,

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