Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.

A great speech by Neil Gaiman addressing the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative. (Hugh MacLeod put it beautifully: “The most important thing a creative per­son can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.”)

Approach your creative labor with joy, or else it becomes work. (As Ray Bradbury said , “Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun of it.”)

Embrace your fear of failure . Make peace with the impostor syndrome that comes with success. Don’t be afraid of being wrong .

This is an era in which the creative landscape is in constant flux… Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.