I am a big fan of John Green. I love the way he answers questions and explains things. It is always a bit frantic and high energy, but it is often brilliant and spot on.
In this video someone just sent me from a few years ago, John gets into the importance of the internet, making, and gifting.
I think it is pretty special.
- At :55 John discusses why he loves the internet, which I agree with.
- At 1:42 is the amazing Gary Busey Family Portrait.
- At 2:08 is the sweet spot, where John breaks it down like this:
Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.
Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won’t — and if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But, ultimately, that doesn’t change anything — because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.
That is it right there, folks. If you get that, if you agree with that, if you can internalize THAT, then you are doing it right.