Who you WERE, Who you ARE, and Who you may BECOME!

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” - Howard Ruff 

So often, people can think you are crazy for your efforts, for your work towards what they deem unbelievable. They remind you of who you were. Noah was an alcoholic; uncommunicative and never spoke a word until awaking from his drunken stupor, when he cursed his son Ham. Thus, what little he had to say, he said with profanity.


Regardless of your past, what others may say, or what you did… Who you WERE, is NOT who you ARE. And who you ARE is not YET WHO you MAY BECOME!

Decide now to BECOME…
It is your choice not others

It can be said that there was nothing extraordinary or heroic about Noah…
Yet there was that Ark thing…!

Neil Gaiman - Commencement Speech on Life, Art, and Advice

Neil Richard Gaiman is an author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. If you are a comic fan then you will know him most for his series The Sandman.

Here he addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012. Chalk this up as another of the best commencement speeches… like ever!  For anyone who has an artist heart, a school of hard knocks experience or who would like to see their creativity become successful.

A few highlights and what he did not know:

  1. When you start out you have no idea what you are doing, this is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules of what is possible and what is not possible. You do not and you should not.
  2. If you have an idea of what you want to make or what you want to do then just go and do that. This is much harder than it sounds and in the end sometimes much easier then you can imagine… Learn to do by doing!
  3. When you start out you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thick skinned and know that some of your projects will not survive.
  4. The problems of success are real and if you are lucky you will experience them! And the biggest problem of success is that the world conspires to stop you from doing the thing that you do because you are successful.
  5. I hope you’ll make mistakes! If you make mistakes it means you are out there doing something and the mistakes themselves can be very useful.
  6. When things get tough… MAKE GOOD ART… DO GREAT WORK!
  7. People keep working when (a) your work is good (b) you are easy to get along with and (c) you get the work in on time! You only need 2 out of 3 (to appreciate this fully watch at 14:20)
  8. “The best piece of advice I ever got that I ignored,   ”This is really great, you should enjoy it”… and I didn’t.” ~ Neil Gaiman
  9. When approaching something you have never done… PRETEND that you are someone who could do it. Not pretend to do it, but PRETEND that you are someone who could do it!

Enjoy your success. Make interesting and amazing mistakes. Enjoy your failures. Enjoy your life! Because, like a small child, the time passes too quickly!

Why you will fail to have a great career

Larry Smith makes a comedic stab at the excuses that we have in today’s world for not pursing our passions, and therefore failing to have a great career.

Innovation: Have we stopped dreaming?

By not dreaming, by not having the intent to discover, we are putting our culture at a deficit.
If we don’t prepare and plan the succession of individuals, technology and talent for the future we are essentially bankrupting our future.

If we only think about today then tomorrow is gone!

Don’t stop dreaming.


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