I think I have seen it so many times that I must have learnt it by rote now. Yes, I am pretty crazy about him!
Some of my favourite lines from the speech :
I learnt to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure and stopped when it felt like work. Which meant life did not feel like work.
When you start out you have to deal with the problems of failure. A freelance life is like putting messages in a bottle on a desert island and hoping that one day someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it and it will find its way back to you in the form of appreciation or money or love.
If I did work I was proud of and I didn't get the money, I'd atleast have the work.
The problems of failure are hard. The problems of success can be harder, because nobody warns you about them. The point where you stop saying yes to everything, because the bottles in the ocean are all coming back.
Sometimes life is hard and things go wrong. And in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. When things get tough, this is what you should do, make good art.
Most of us find our voices, only after we have sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision
(isn't this the most beautiful line ever?)
What is the best piece of advice I have ever been given? I realized, it's the piece of advice that I had failed to follow. And it came from Stephen King. It was 20 years ago at the height of success,initial success of Sandman, the comic I was writing. I was writing a comic people loved and they were taking it seriously. He saw the long signing lines and his advice to me was this: This is really great. You should enjoy it.
And I didn't. Best advice I ever got and I ignored. Instead, I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea. I wish I had enjoyed it more.
So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then behave like they would. And now go, and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes, make glorious mistakes. Leave the world more interesting than being here. Make good art.
Watch the entire talk here