"What I remind myself of regularly is to drop the notions of purpose & progress. There doesn't have to be any reason or any perfected end in sight. Just make stuff because you want to & have the luxury of doing so. Also, notice what interests or repulses you and make a note of it. Look at those things with your eyes & mind & try to understand what compels or repels you about it & than use that thing in as many ways as you can until you are tired, bored, or just done with it. Make 5 or 500 variations of this thing & you will be on the way to finding what is meaningful for you. You can only make someone else's art for so long before getting bored. Have the courage and fortitude to follow your own nature. Wherever that may take you & you will have a lifetime of creative enjoyment & significance."
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
"Here’s the key: there is no special passion waiting for you to discover. Passion is something that is cultivated. It can cultivated in many, many different fields. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to say, “I don’t know what my passion is.” What does make sense is to say, “I haven’t yet cultivated a passion, I should really focus down on a small number of things and start this process.” "