Sunday, December 26, 2010

Quoteskimming - the Kevin Smith edition

I was on Twitter the other day when Neil Gaiman made mention of a particularly interesting/motivating rant by Kevin Smith. And sure enough, I went over to ThatKevinSmith's Twitter page and found inspiration. Here are a few pieces of what he said:

Sometimes, you gotta believe FOR everybody else - and sometimes, you do it by yourself for a long time. Then, if you're lucky, someone like @TheJonGordon starts believing with you - first theoretically, then in practice. And two people believing is the start of a congregation. You build a congregation of believers and you try to build a cathedral. Sometimes, it's just a church. Sometimes, it's a chapel. Folks who don't build churches will try to tell you how you're doing it wrong, even as your steeple breaks the clouds. Don't listen.

But before all of that, you gotta start with the idea - and not just the idea for the story/movie/novel/installation/song/podcast/whatever You gotta start with the idea that you can do this - something that's not normally done by everybody else. . . Embrace a reasonable amount of unreasonability.

But nobody else can believe in you if you don't believe in what you're doing. I've willed almost all of stuff I've done into existence, and if I can do that, ANYBODY can do that.
And here is a link to his blog, so you can read the whole thing. (Profanity is all from the original, so you know, but I think most of you will enjoy what he has to say about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps and choosing to be Batman.)

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