For most of us, we are trained to abandon the things that we find fun for the sake of a “serious” and “professional” career. Beware this path. It will leave you searching outside yourself for inspiration, traveling well trotted ground, and groping for generic connections.
All you really need…
You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence. -Yohji Yamamoto
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself. -Yohji Yamamoto
One is heart. And the other is soul.
It seems silly to have to write this down, but it can be easy to forget.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.
I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
- Steve Jobs (1995)
I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.
“As it turns out, it’s not the thought that counts or even the action that counts. That’s because the other person doesn’t experience your thought or your action. They experience the consequences of your action.”
The Thinker of Tender Thoughts by Shel Silverstein