JC Herz sez "Ringling College of Art & Design, the #1 art school in the country for computer animation and game art and design (grads go to Pixar, ILM, and EA), just posted their 2011 commencement speech, delivered by yours truly. The speech is about how to run your life as a creative professional – hints, tips, and tricks for techie artists staffing the dream factory. Food for thought for anyone whose career requires coming up with new great stuff all the time."
Habits are powerful – people don't realize how powerful habits are, and how much of their success or lack of success in life is attributable to sheer habit. Be aware of your habits, and what is turning in from an occasional to a regular thing, and what are the regular things that you don't even think about any more, because they are so habitual that they have become invisible. Down to the very basics: how much and when do you sleep, what you eat, how you sit, whether you walk or bike or drive. When and where do you get your best ideas? What sorts of activities and conversations leave you feeling happier and smarter? What do you continually do that leaves you feeling demoralized. Be mindful of your habits. Make them intentional.