"Some people want their paychecks and to go home, and that’s fine. You and me, though—we’re gonna work harder than they do. We’ll build things that ensure that entire populations just setting foot on the web for the first time can tap into the collected knowledge of the whole of mankind."
— Mat Marquis
"Be the kid who wants to learn even when he doesn’t have to—the designer who wants to learn to write, to code, to understand business because it makes the design better."
— Dear Jr Creative…Earn Your Place. You’ll Be Better For It.
"Be disciplined. Work hard. Be prepared to hear ‘no’ a lot and don’t care. My dad taught me an important lesson, which is to look at why someone does something rather than what they actually do. A lot of artists are making art because they they want to be cool and they want people to like them. That’s the wrong reason to be making art. Be prepared to have a lot of people not enjoy your work and have it not bother you; you should do it because you want to do it."
— The Great Discontent interviews Oliver Jeffers (via jarrettfuller)
"Inspiration is the great con of art. You want inspiration? Work harder the day before so you know where to start today."
— Richard Kadrey (@Richard_Kadrey) December 11, 2012
"So much of what happens in the world has to do with circumstances outside your control. All you can do is work as hard as possible to get ready when your turn rolls around. I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in myself, and in karma, and in having patience, and in working my effing ass off."
— Emma Straub. See also: Girl Geniuses. (via annfriedman)
"I love making the stuff, that’s sort of the core of it. I love creating the stuff. It’s so satisfying to get from the beginning to the end, from a shaky nothing idea to something that’s well formed and the audience really likes. It’s like a drug: You keep trying to do it again and again and again. I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work."
— Louis C.K.
"Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect."
— Teller, of Penn and Teller, on magic and hard work from this great profile in Esquire. (Via jarrettfuller.)
"Inspiration is a word used by people who aren’t really doing anything. I go into my office every day that I’m in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant."
— Nick Cave
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