I recently watched a video of Neil Gaiman, famed author of the Sandman series, American Gods, and my personal favorite Coraline, give a speech to some college grads. In which he gave his three rules to success in life, business, and the arts. They are as follows:
1. Do great work.
2. Deliver your work on time.
3. Be a pleasure to work with.
And the best part is you only have to do two out of the three. People will forgive at least one of those rules if the others are followed. People will forgive OK work if you deliver it on time and are a pleasant person to work with. It's OK to be late if your work is great and people like you. And if you happen to be a scrooge people won't mind if your work is stellar and delivered on time.
Neil Gaiman is a wise, delightful, and charming man who likes to write about people with buttons for eyes and women who are made of shooting stars. Read what he writes. Listen to what he has to say. The smile is just a bonus.
A link to the full speech:
Who is this handsome devil, you may be asking? Well, my name is Sean M. Hogan and I write dark fantasy books. My fantastical stories usual come with a healthy mix of humor and horror, adventure and mystery, and are always populated with fun, addicting characters for you to obsess over.