Towards the Mountain

Neil Gaiman did a great commencement address where he talked about careers in the arts.  I really related to the bits about how he considered his goal to support himself writing as “the mountain,” and how he took or rejected jobs based on whether they took him towards or away from the mountain.

I think this relates to all careers, and not just careers in the arts.  All jobs lead you either towards where you’re supposed to be, or away from it.  I’ve always had a strong sense of choosing the job that takes me closer to the mountain.

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