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Taking risks is the key to free thought, new ideas, originality.
There are places in the world where people do not dream of rocker-powered unicorns and candy cane machines, of magic watermelon boats and musical baboons, or teeny tiny trumpet players training pet raccoons.
You have to try. You have to push yourself to do things.
I didn't assume that anyone would show up because I thought the people who don't have jobs are probably still asleep, and the people who do have jobs are at work.
The first step is being able to admit that you have a dream.
Perhaps these lessons are big enough that you can pull them down and form smaller bite-size lessons, put them in your pocket, carry them around with you, maybe use them today, tomorrow, fifteen years from now to make your life better.
It is only when you can name your prison that you can do the terrifying, but life affirming and necessary work of setting yourself free.
I went into prison thinking that it was my job to inspire these women, but what it turns out to be is that these women are inspiring me to get out of my prison.
I felt like the whole world had just opened up before me and that everything was locked into place inside me.
I was in this windowless classroom, down a windowless hallway, I had walked through four heavy steel doors that buzzed open and closed, yet I felt liberated.
I had a huge awakening. I was looking at this grown woman in dark blue prison scrubs, these convicted criminals, villains, that I had a bias against, and thought, this is about multiple generations of a family in crisis. This problem is so much bigger than I initially understood.
In preparing this talk, I've come face to face with my prison.
If you appeal to the mind, hearts will follow.
The computer is a bit of a prison.
Creativity is all about a free mind.
Where does creative freedom come from?
I believe the most valuable things in life are people and time you spend with them.
The most valuable part of learning through experience is not actually the experience, it's reflection. It's taking the time to see how you've changed and how you grew.
For us to know freedom, we must know constraints.
In a room full of privilege, what does freedom look like?
Understanding the limitations of who I am helps put me on the path for what I'm made to do and how I'm made to do it.
Find that person that inspires you.
It's really important to have those people in your life who push you to be better, different.
The more connected you are to the work, the better it is.
Sometimes a milk mustache is just a milk mustache.