The myth of the overnight success is just that – a myth.
If you look at the way Michael works, he brings a good heart and the right attitudes to his projects at all times. He is doing important work — work that changes things. But he’s not a workaholic because he’s not doing it defensively. He’s doing it productively.
“Weird is the spark in innovation that separates the good from the great. Weird is the muscle behind adaptability and progress.”
Worrying doesn’t change outcomes. Worrying ruins your day.
Art is an attitude. Seizing new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map — these are works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer, or work with others all day long.
I like weirdos.
They are interesting. They have crazy ideas. They have passion.
Weirdos separate from the pack. Weirdos change the world. Weirdos lead. Weirdos make us think.
The worst feedback is indifference.
Never offend but stand for something you know or think is right and provoke a response. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Sometimes it’s the only way to get challenged.
He would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one taking the 180-degree polar [opposite] position the day before.
—Tim Cook on Steve Jobs
Build it and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is “build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.
Art is frightening. Art isn’t pretty. Art isn’t painting. Art isn’t something you hang on the wall. Art is what we do when we’re truly alive. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.
The challenge isn’t how do we get the average people to notice us, it’s how do we get the people that care to find us.
It takes just as much time for you to find your tribe as it does your tribe to find you. Fortunately, the intersection between self-discovery and recognition should collide. Cherish the relationship and keep producing art that your fans enjoy.
This might not work. - Seth Godin, in an interview with Copyblogger
Create, spit it out. Embrace criticism, bask in success. And then do it all over again.
Don’t waste the opportunity.
Permission marketing is the privilege (not the right) of delivering anticipated, personal and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them.
The challenge therefore is showing up and shipping quality work often, if not every day. Don’t give up on your best fans and certainly don’t sell them away.