Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art (Video)

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

Incredible stuff. Tim Ferriss posted this on his blog, along with an eerily similar commencement speech from Steve Jobs in 2005, and to me, both resound with the following advice:

  • Do what you want, without fear of failure or mistakes – they’ll only teach you things in the long run
  • Do your best, whether that is art (in Gaiman’s case), or computers (in Jobs’ case)
  • Money is not that important
  • Be absolutely mindful of your path in life: are you moving away from the “mountain” (Gaiman), or towards it? Are you satisfied with this being your last day (Jobs), or not? This is powerful advice, but difficult to put into practice.
  • The “naked” analogy: Jobs claims “you are already naked,” and that there is nothing to lose. Death is coming, so make the most of life. Gaiman: when you feel like you’ve revealed too much, and are too vulnerable – that may be your truest moment, or your start. To sum it up: risk.

What do you think? Is this sage advice, too idealistic, or something else?