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The wisdom of Neil Gaiman

December 10, 2015

In this speech Neil articulates better than I ever currently could my thoughts about work, life and the balance between them. He also speaks from the position of having made a living by living accordingly, which is always nice reassurance.

Some highlights:

“I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and stop when it felt like work. which meant that life didn’t feel like work.”

“Nothing I do where the only reason for doing it was the money, was ever worth it. the things I did because I was excited and I wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down and I’ve never regretted the time I spent on any of them.”

“The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you’re getting away with something, and that at any moment now they will discover you”

And my favourite:

“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.”

Still best to aim for all three though, I reckon!

Watch it here:

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