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Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech on Creative Careers

Chris Higgins

"Nothing I did, where the only reason for doing it was the money, was ever worth it except as bitter experience. Usually I didn't end up getting the money either. The things I did because I was excited and wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down, and I've never regretted the time I've spent on any of them. The problems of failure are hard; the problems of success can be harder, because nobody warns you about them. The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you're getting away with something, and that any moment now they will discover you."

Watch Neil Gaiman address the University of the Arts class of 2012, discussing his creative career and imparting simple, clear wisdom for creative people of all kinds: