Overall, a fantasic interview of one of my favorite authors/philosophers and one of my heroes of our time. I've included some of my favorite quotes, but I highly recommend reading the entire thing.
In the years that followed, I just failed and failed and failed and failed. I got 900 rejection letters in the mail from book publishers. I would go window shopping at restaurants and go home and eat macaroni and cheese. It was a very long slog, right on the edge of bankruptcy for almost eight years.
Well, you know, semantics matter a lot when you have conversations like this. I think “creativity” is better described as failing repeatedly until you get something right.
First of all, people give an unfair amount of credibility to someone who is standing on a stage or who is writing a blog or has written a book or otherwise put himself in front of them. If you use that credibility as a force for good, you get to do it again.
I think that heroes are more important than mentors. A hero is somebody who you can emulate; somebody who raises the bar for you. Heroism scales, so one person can be a hero for a lot of people. Mentoring is over-rated in that there’s this myth that they will pick you, cover for you when you make mistakes, encourage you, and be at your side until you become your true, best self. There are very few of those relationships in the world.