Appraising who you are at work allows you to much more objectively consider your character traits and adjust accordingly. There are some other things I’ve learned. Like…
  1. 1.
    Vulnerability keeps you moving.
    Once I told someone who asked for business advice to bask in her plight. What I meant was that complacency is bad for creativity — it’s the extinguisher that puts out the under-ass-fire. For me, it’s always during those sort of restless moments of acute vulnerability that my vision feels a little bit clearer, my priorities start to shift in a different direction and my ideas, even if they don’t feel this way, are the most fertile.
  2. 2.
    Kindness trumps niceness.
    It took me a while to realize that being kind and being nice are not mutually exclusive. You can be kind and nice, but you don’t have to be nice to be kind. In my opinion, it’s much more important to maintain kindness — the sort of humanity that emanates from the innermost slime of your guts — as opposed to niceness, which is often motivated by vanity. Specifically in media, ask yourself: what’s the fucking point of commanding attention if you’re not going to use that power for good?
  3. 3.
    Your gut is an oracle.
    So trust that. Be as confident in what you don’t know as you are in what you do.
  4. 4.
    Quality is king, quantity feeds obesity.
    I think this has been the most important one. It is so easy to get caught up in the science of building a “successful” platform — to determine the math equation that injects your product with the hormones that make it plump like a perfectly round chicken on a rotisserie at McDonald’s, but everyone’s perception of success is different and more and more, I’m learning that I’m here to make you feel. To feel myself.