If you only watch one commencement speech this graduation season, it should be Neil Gaiman’s. The successful author’s address, known for books and comics such as Coraline and Stardust, was the perfect mix of funny and inspiring. If you work in the creative industry or simply want to pursue your dream, his words apply to you.
Here’s a great piece of advice:
“People keep working, in a freelance world, and more and more of today’s world is freelance, because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. They’ll forgive the lateness of the work if it’s good, and if they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as the others if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.”
And the send off:
“And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”
Read the full transcript here