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Faking Wisdom

One more short idea from the Neil Gaiman graduation address quoted in the previous post.

So be wise because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would.

I think I will make that my new life philosophy. :-)

Make Glorious, Amazing Mistakes

Some wonderful inspiration for the new year from a 2012 graduation address by author Neil Gaiman:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Although the talk is great, it’s hard to recommend the book since the graphic design distracts from the message. Watch the video instead.

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