“Design is a function of connection. There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity, and what is art if it’s not love?”
Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, on creativity, vulnerability, and how to handle your critics.
Or, as Neil Gaiman memorably put it:
When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art.
Pair with Brown on the difference between empathy and sympathy and alesson in handling haters from Ben Franklin.