Debbie Millman artist and creative educator

Debbie Millman artist and creative educator

“We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis.

“Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to believe that these personal restrictions are, in fact, the fixed limitations of the world.

“We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we can change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the thing s we want to do.

“And we dream. If only. If only. One day. Some day.

“Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive.

“And we marvel.

“We swoon. We gape.

“We look at these people as lucky luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination.

[… So…]

“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love.

“Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.

“Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now.

“Now.”

Debbie Millman in Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design