Once a week we share someone else's work: a blog, a presentation, an article ... preferably from outside the video games industry to introduce new ideas.
Neil Gaiman is a British-born writer of just about every kind of fiction: comics, poetry, adult fiction (American Gods), children fiction (The Graveyard Book), film (Coraline) and television (Neverwhere) and a recently unearthed early Duran Duran biography now reviewed by John Scalzi.
In 2012, Neil Gaiman delivered the 134th commencent speech at UArts in Philadelphia, on the theme of mistakes. While failure is now everywhere, as a good thing, something to accept and incorporate in one's work, at the time this was quite a novel idea.
In addition, Neil Gaiman is a very good writer and his reading of his speech is pleasant even if you've heard as much about failure as you ever want to.
It is 20 minutes long so make time, grab something to drink and turn off your phone. You derserve this. But if you really can't spare that time, here's the last sentence for you:
"And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art."
The whole video and transript are linked here.