Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Calligcast #11: Debbie Millman

[Calligcast = Practicing calligraphy while listening to a podcast]

Podcast: Good Life Project

Episode: Debbie Millman

Starting near the 29 minute mark, I liked Debbie's reaction to a college student asking for advice on how to be more successful when she'd only started her blog six weeks earlier:
... and this is—I think—a really unfortunate ramification from this 140-character culture is that people in their 20s, when they graduate from college, expect that they will be—that they have to be successful. And then if they're not successful in their '20s, or if they're not successful sort of right out of the gate, that there's something wrong with them. And then that builds to this real sense of hopelessness, because they haven't achieved something quickly. 
First of all, I don't know that I would even want to achieve something in my '20s looking back, anything significant, because then you have to maintain it! Then you have to keep doing it over and over and over, you have to keep hitting the home runs. Rather—I'd much rather build to something that could conceivably be sustained because of the length of time it's taken for you to get there...
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