When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is. Try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, influence it, improve upon it, you can build your own things that other people can use. And the minute you understand that you can POKE life, push life and something will pop out the other side, that you can change and mold it, that's the most important thing. Once you learn that, you will want to change life because it's kinda messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you will never be the same.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.
I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun
You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it's humorous, all the attention to it, because it's hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that's happened to me
I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.
You've got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
I'd rather be at the bottom of a ladder I want to be on than halfway up a ladder I don't want to be on
My advice to young people from ages 16 to 29, 30 is ... 14 years of being a sponge! You are absorbing knowledge. Don't take a job for the sake of money. Don't worry about a 6-figure salary next year, somewhere else. Go and get knowledge because that becomes a bigger passport for anything. The money will come, once you master a craft and you become incredibly talented. Work for better people and challenge yourself when things get too comfortable. Get out, put yourself into weird situations and see what's available. It's great for your confidence.