DON’T STRIVE FOR UBIQUITY
We no longer live in a monoculture, we no longer all watch MTV and listen to the same radio station, so don’t plot your career like we’re all still living in the pre-Internet era.
EVERYTHING THAT LASTS STARTS OUT SLOW
If people don’t look at you quizzically after being exposed to you, you’re not doing it right. You can either be a leader or a follower. Leading is much more difficult, which is why you see everybody following, whether it be making sound-alike music or competing on a TV talent show.
YOU’RE SELLING YOURSELF, NOT A PHYSICAL PRODUCT
Focus on your identity. Not only your work, but your personality. In a world where everybody’s tweeting, facebooking and vining, having no edge is anathema.
THERE IS NO SAFETY NET
Unless you’re willing to walk into the wilderness and never come back, you’ll never make it.
SUCCESS HAPPENS AFTER YOU’RE READY TO GIVE UP
Every legend contemplated giving up, if not committing suicide. It hurts to be estranged from society when all you really want to be is understood.